What Does It Mean To Be A Good Person?

In general, most people think of themselves as good people. But what does that mean, exactly? Does being a good person mean that most of the actions you take are good ones?

As the saying goes, everyone is the hero of their own story. The actions we take make sense to us, given our own experiences and knowledge.

Even the best person is bound to do bad things occasionally. Does the number of bad actions make someone a bad person? What about the percentage of bad to good acts?

Then there is the issue of intent. To what extent does intent play a part in determining a good person form a bad one?

For example, let’s imagine that someone steals something. Stealing is wrong. But what if you steal, say, a loaf of bread to feed a starving family member? The theft may still be a bad action, but does the purpose — to provide for your family — ease the severity of the bad act?

A lie to save someone’s feelings, robbing from the rich to give to the poor, or exaggerating on a resume to get a job. These all seem like minor infractions that serve a greater good. Or do they? Is this just moral relativism, a mental trick to justify whatever actions we want?

It might seem simple and straightforward to think good people do good things, and bad people do bad things. But that would seem to suggest that all of life is just an accounting exercise. Track every action, every thought, every saying. If your final tally ends up on the proper side, you are a good person. Is that realistic?

In summary, do you think you are a good person? What does it mean to be a good person?

Related questions: When is a lie justified? What do you do that you shouldn’t? How do you judge yourself? What gives a person value?

Snow Or Rain?

If you’ve got to have some precipitation, would you rather have rain or snow? Presumably they are both better than sleet.

Share why if you wish.

Snow Or Rain? © Kama

What Is On Your Shelf Of Shame?

In this context, “Shelf of Shame” refers to the pile of books by the side of your bed, waiting to be read. Additionally, it can refer to your queue of movie or TV shows you’ve been meaning to watch, but just haven’t gotten around to for one reason or another. What have you been meaning to read or watch that you haven’t?

Share why if you wish.

How Do You Perform Self-Care?

Self-care is becoming more popular, but there are still many people who do not know what self-care means. Or how to do it.

In order to keep your car functioning, you have to take it to the shop every so often. Your body and mind are no different. Routine maintenance is necessary to keep yourself working well. You can’t help others, like friends or family members, if you don’t take care of yourself.

For your body, you might get regular massages. Or go to the gym to work out. Maybe you run, or bike, or rock climb. Self-care can even be as simple as going to a primary care physician for an annual check-up.

To keep your mind working well, some people meditate. Others might see a therapist regularly. You might have a pet that calms you down, or take an occasional day off to sit on the couch and read a book.

There are many different ways to improve your physical or mental health. Are there any in particular that you do? Are there some you wish you, or a family member, would do on a regular basis? Does your job offer any self-care benefits? How do you perform self-care?

Related questions: What does it mean to be healthy? Could everyone benefit from therapy? What makes you the happiest? Shower or bath?