Chatter #227 Good People

“And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?”

If you were called upon to act out the scene, how would you speak God’s line? As a searching question asked one who does not know or in a voice filled with the sadness and disappointment because you did know?

People of all political, social, racial, sexual, and cultural seemed pressed with a need to self-identify. There is a modern need to qualify one’s humanity. It makes me wonder if it is no longer enough to be human or if we have forgotten what human means. So much modern self-identification flies in the face of reality that I lean toward the latter.

What does it mean to identify as a “good” person? Does it imply a superiority of raw material? Is it a matter of utility? Perhaps, it is an evaluation of behavior…of one’s actions conforming to a certain standard. If a person is dubbed “good” does that mean he is always good and without fault or simply in the 51st percentile of humans?

Supreme Court Justices must never have told a lie or all their communication is suspicious. That’s what our elected representatives assert. So, are you “good” or should others be suspicious of what we say? One representative of the people recently said that facts and veracity don’t matter if one is “morally” right. By morally, I infer “good” intentioned.

Let me propose a test of goodness. A “good” person does unto others as they would have others do unto them. Yeah, not a very original standard. Just about every religion and mode of spirituality cite this idea…even agnostics and atheists. The only people I can think of that don’t espouse this belief are Muslims.

“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well…whosever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.”

Let me paraphrase that. If one stumbles in a single point of the do-unto-others test…you fail completely, there’s no partial credit and none of the times you did the right thing counts toward your being “good.” If your neighbor asks you if her dress makes her ass look big and you lie to be polite…utter failure. Silence in such a case is also a failure because you were asked to do something for your neighbor and refused. When you ask a question you expect an honest answer, right? It’s called a sin of omission.

You didn’t ask for God’s opinion in this, but here it is anyway. “…there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Which brings us back to hiding in the garden Adam. He lived in a paradise untouched by deceit and sin. He spoke directly to God and God answered…still, after his snack of disobedience, he could not be “good.”

A lot of things have changed on Earth since Man came along. The nature of Man is not one of them. Something to think about before you identify yourself as a “good” person. That is if you’re into thinking.

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