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How good you are?
shilpa kanan | 20 Apr 2009

The demand of being a good person can sometimes mean sacrificing many things and your own happiness. Are we becoming happier, more fulfilled people by being ?good? or are we just a group of people heading nowhere but where we are told?

THE DEMAND of being a good person can sometimes mean sacrificing many things and your own happiness. Some people neither own nor drive a car, bus, tractor, aeroplane, motor-boat, scooter, truck or steam-roller but are forced to make a choice. Many people would like to drive a steam-roller because of its slow but solid progress and unhurried finality.

Are we becoming happier, more fulfilled people by being “good” or are we just a group of people heading nowhere but where we are told?

You may be praised to be a good boy of girl; encouraged to be a good worker, to be a good parent, to be a good friend, to be a good citizen, etc. And I am not saying that this is wrong. I am just questioning the effects of this on our individual happiness and the impact on our country.

If we continue to be a good worker, will this ever allow us to achieve our full potential as a human being? If we continue to be good parents, protecting our children, will they grow to be all they can be? If we continued to be good friends, can we ever hope to get correct and full information as a well being?

What does ‘good’ means anyway? In the old days, good literally meant , ‘good’! But today, good often means ‘average’ or ‘normal’. Today, it’s about life and death. One bad judgment and we are on the wrong side of life. So you never know for how long you would be a good human being.

Let me ask you this: Which is more weird – following the pack of ‘good’ even when it is killing you somehow or doing something that gives you life and hope?