Why I disrespect goodie-two-shoes

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Cover art: acrylic on skateboard, me

“Good” people are the thieves of virtue. To revise:

 

“The highest virtue is not virtue. Therefore really is virtue. But inferior virtue cannot let go of being virtuous, and therefore is not virtue.”

Lao Tzu

“Your good, careful people of the villages are the thieves of virtue.

Confucius

 

Thinking you are a “good” person, or being validated by someone else in that respect, is not sufficient to make it so.

 

In fact, the opposite tends to occur. Seldom do people commit “bad” acts without “good” intentions. No?

 

Let’s brainstorm a few examples from the public record, most of which constitute war crimes, but were nonetheless carried out in the name of benevolence, and justified by measures of national security, by all parties affected, from laymen to specialists, children and adults, affected by nationalist dogma…  

 

The Crusades (modern version: psychiatry), The Inquisitions (modern version: anti-dissidence disguised as anti-terrorism), The Holocaust, Unit 731, The Cambodian Genocide, The Tienanmen Square massacre, Project MK-Ultra, and the ‘forever war’ waged by the United States for profit, recently culminating in the military occupation of Afghanistan. Sufficient?

 

Your acts define you. If you have to seek validation to know you’re a “good” person, and if you distrust your own heart, chances are you’re probably not a “good” person.

 

By way of this reasoning I free myself of the delusion, and encourage you to do so also. Because only by actively attempting to perform “good” acts, does one become a “good” person.

 

Therefore, if one realises this, one will theoretically become motivated to perform “good” acts for the sake of the acts themselves, with no expectation of reward, and in doing so will find in their conscience their answer, and satisfaction, without the need for intellectual dishonesty, mental gymnastics, or validation.

 

Furthermore, in the complacency that comes with the delusion of being a “good” person, as you’re so told by your peers (who in turn use the same reasoning to reach the same delusion), you are necessarily complicit to the actions of truly “bad” people, for your naivety and good-will will be exploited, and you will be misled into taking actions complicit to said “bad” people, making you precisely just as “bad” as they are, without ever acknowledging it…

 

Therefore, think for yourself, possess a healthy amount of skepticism, participate in meaningful discourse, and do not trust baseless claims to authority.

 

To paraphrase:

 

"We could have a plague of virtuous people. Do you realize that? Any animal considered in itself is virtuous it does its thing but in crowds they’re awful. Like a cross crowd of ants, or locusts on the rampage, they’re all perfectly good animals. But it’s just too much I could imagine a perfectly pestiferous mass of a million signs."

Alan Watts


Submitted: November 12, 2021

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dewey green

It's all a matter of perspective.
If the fox eats the mouse, it's a tragic day for the mouse family...for the fox, it's just a meal.
Chopper shot his mate in the leg, crippling him, but why should he complain? He's on the Dole for life!
Nice Homer and Bart mate!

Fri, November 12th, 2021 1:00am

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thats true.
lmao. yeah, waiting for Centrelink is getting tedious.
maybe I should get myself shot in the leg so they can SEE my condition - that might make it easier for the hive mind to comprehend.

Thu, November 11th, 2021 5:02pm

LE. Berry

Enjoyed this very much. In my onw less than perfect opinion, herd mentality of any sort is to be avoided. Also, we as individuals must decide for ourselves what the nature of 'good' and 'bad' might be. For me, both belong to an area which is shaded in grey. Thought provoking piece olive tree.

Fri, November 12th, 2021 7:47pm

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Exactly! Thanks Berry

Fri, November 12th, 2021 4:37pm

moa rider

Yeah, I find myself swimming against the tide Oli. How many time did I see people ging into African villages and saying, 'I've raised a $1000 for you, now this is what I'm going to do with it.' Be scepitical. Usianguke

Fri, November 12th, 2021 8:59pm

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Meanwhile they’re well dressed and fed, I suppose, and have ulterior motives. How pathetic to leverage charity money…

Fri, November 12th, 2021 4:39pm

88 fingers

Very well written piece about the human race. Hitler probably felt he was decent human. Starting WWII and putting 6 million Jews and others to death in concentration camps was just a miner blip on his character he probably thought.
The Kinks have a song called, "A Well Respected Man". Great song about human frailities.

Fri, November 12th, 2021 10:33pm

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Thank you ????. Yep! And thanks for the Kinks song

Fri, November 12th, 2021 4:40pm

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