Friday, June 16, 2006

Good or Bad?

Forgive the kindergarten touch to this entry, but I still don't get it. Not after more than 2 decades of what can be safely called an existence. What is good, what is bad?
Ok as children we are taught 'God is good, the devil is bad'. Well, I have met neither so I won't pass any judgement on that.
Fine let's try another, 'Truth is good, lies are bad'. Yes, we come in truth, live in truth and die cradled in the arms of the truth!(There is more sarcasm to that statement than actuall truth.)
But still, despite our shortcomings, we are good. We are the best species in the world.
What about murder, corruption,sheer debauchery, perversion, destruction, causing harm to our own kind and to other species? No that's just an occupational hazard that comes with being human!
Good and Bad. Defined by the 'oh so advanced, so priveleged humans'. Do we really have the right to coo at something that feels right and call it 'good'? (What feels right needn't always be right. If you don't believe me look around and see. When people bully each other, to the bully it feels right, but is it right?)
'Good' is just a measure of how much a thing is favoured by public opinion. Yes, if tomorrow the crowd says 'legalize crime', believe me it will be done.
Remember the Lord's prayer ? 'Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven'. Doesn't everyone on this planet think that they're God sometime or the other? As for the heaven part, most people think they are going there by default.

So tell me once again. What is good and what is bad?

5 comments:

Mythili said...

Oh My! Your ramblings are so deeply philosophical!
I feel so immature though chronologically Iam muuuch elder to you!

Hey, but very thought-provoking.

Only hitch gotta read your blog when one is in a pensive mood! :-)

Mythili said...

Oh My! Your ramblings are so deeply philosophical!
I feel so immature though chronologically Iam muuuch elder to you!

Hey, but very thought-provoking.

Only hitch gotta read your blog when one is in a pensive mood! :-)

Mythili said...

If you have an insane blogspot do share that with me :-))

baddi_maga said...

I feel that "good" and "bad" "things" are inventions of the human psyche. To cite a simple example, consider this - What if the word Good was used in place of the word Bad, and vice versa. Would it sound the same? I mean, would Good sound less good if it was called Bad? I don't know how much sense this is making, but i hope you are getting what i am driving at.

Another question that we can consider while we meditate over this issue is - Is there anything like a Universal Good/Bad? Isn't there a possibilty that somewhere in the corner of the milky way there exists a world where the rules of morality are exactly opposite to what we have defined for ourselves here. The problem with morality is that it lacks uniformity. We can define morality only for a well-defined set. Morality has a boundary beyond which, it does not have any meaning. For example - When a man kills a man -its a crime, but when a lion kills another lion, its not : from the human perspective. We never can know what the lions think about it, can we? :P

24 frames said...

good and bad shouldn't bother you. to define life in black and white is to limit your senses. look at it in the infinite shades of grey. if anything u do makes someone happy and u in turn are happy with what u did, i guess that can be defined as good... bad cannot be defined i guess its just a feeling... but thats the way i look at it, may not be true at all.