The good and the bad

writtenbyQ4u By writtenbyQ4u, 20th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Is it easier to be bad than it is to be good? If so, why would anyone ever be good?

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Pick up a newspaper - any newspaper - on any given day and you will find half a dozen stories or articles, or more, that attest to the capacity for evil and wickedness that human beings are capable of.
Whether it is a spouse battering their partner to death, a trusted employee stealing the payroll or a drunken mother abandoning her children, there are so many sad stories; so many bad stories.
What is it about man that makes them lean towards a destructive nature? Not only on their fellow man, but, with the aid of drink and drugs, in an effort to destroy themselves. Is it so hard to be a good person?
Of course, most people are not bad or evil. They are not necessarily good either. It is just society dictates a certain standard of behavior and people follow it. I suspect, left to their own devices, many people would choose the easy option of non conformity; taking what they can get, however they can get it.
Don't believe me? Read about war - any war - and how soldiers lose all sense of humanity, when outside the strictures of rule. Abuse of prisoners, abuse of power, torture and humiliation. Man's capacity to do bad seems, sadly, endless.
Conversely, you have the polar opposite. Men and women who have dedicated their lives to the good and great causes. Aid workers, hospital and ambulance people, community workers, peace keepers; so many different people, unsung in their daily lives, helping to make a difference, one life at a time.
These people rarely make the news, after all, good news or selfless news does not make for sensational headlines. If a good soldier dies you may hear about it, but you do not hear about the ones left to fight on, keep the peace, diffuse the situations.
Being good is hard, some might even say, unrewarding. It is a challenge of character and spirit. It is living and as such, is absolutely worth it. Be good, be great.

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I am a fitness instructor dreaming of being a film script writer. I tend to write - or rant! - about anything that takes my fancy.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Nov 2011 (#)

Yes, being good is often the harder choice.

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author avatar Cindy Eliza Vaz
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

My partner always believes that good man always finishes last. I beg to differ. What is the definition of a good man? As long as he does no harm to another living being, he is a good man.. It is not necessary for you to give everything to charity as long as you give something, thats a good man.

So I believe that everyone has some form of goodness in them, they are just changed by the circumstances.

Great article!

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