I do people favors, even when I won't get anything back for them. I give bums money, even though I know they're just going to buy booze. I let people pull in in front of me when the last 5 cars ahead of me haven't. I thank people where it's deserved. I'm nice to most people (unless they're really asking for it), and I try to help other people out wherever possible. Eventually I'd like to start my own Non-Profit Organization...
I am human though, so I do sometimes argue, fight and other things.
I try to be as good as I can be - not only does it help other people, it makes me feel good!
It seems to be the new buzzword these days. I'm not real sure if I'm a good person or not, but my intentions do mean well. Though, they may do more harm than good.
I know I'm compatible of lying. I know I'm compatible of murder. I know I'm compatible of cheating. I know I'm compatible of fighting. I know I have a compatible, lashing tongue. I know I forget to be nice to people. I know I forget to treat people with respect, and I know that sometimes that my self projected rudeness towards someone, was a selfish powering attempt.
Personally understanding and knowing all these aspects about myself, I don't really know what it means to be good or not. 'Cause I've been told I'm a good person.
Nobody is good including myself. We are all sinners and if you sin,you cannot be good. Doing a good deed is more then an action, are you good spiritually, whats the condition of your heart? Have your ever lied, steal anything, have bad thoughts etc, etc. As human beings we are very far from being good. There was only one person that is good, Jesus Christ.
Yes my friend I agree totally there is only one perfect one and that is why He is called good. Other than that we only have attributes of the only good one that has ever been..."Smiles and have a grr8 day!"
A good person is a person who doesn't harm society in any way, shape or form.
So, I guess that leaves out ALL of humanity, because each of is flawed in some way, shape or form and at some point in our lives, we are going to make mistakes that harms someone in some way, shape or form.
My God given ability to love, respect and care about others. To always treat others the way I wished to be treated.I have love and compassionate in my heart for others. all of Godly traits make me a good person. creativeone59
I tried being good for once. I tried giving money to the homeless, but found that they were not grateful and I resented the fact that I was not acknowledged for it. I did everything I could to make my girlfriend happy and realized it was only because that I felt validated when what I did made her happy. I tried just making myself happy and realized I was the only one that was... So being good is the most selfish act a person can do, right?
Though I am only partly joking, I am too caught up in the "why" for every action I partake in. People are taught that to be good is to be selfless, but every selfless act I attempt only leads to the realization that it's execution made myself feel better--hardly selfless.
Always great thoughts and thinking. In the act of making yourself and others feel better, it spreads onto others. Which energy is better, a depressed persons energy or a person excited with life? Which will motivate someone to live life, words of depression or words of happiness? In short, I see nothing selfish of being selfish when selfish acts make others happy. The ones it made happy will spread the energy to others as you have. The same with negative energy. Both are continuous.
I agree that there is no such thing as altruism. Everything we do is either to feel good, or avoid feeling bad. The most "good" person I know, who spends all his time helping others, is at the same time the most selfish person I know. He only does what makes him feel good.
When I say I am a good person, what I mean is... 1 I pay my taxes. 2 I am willing to help others within reason. 3 I work hard and provide for my family 4 I try to stay within the law. 5 I try to see good in everyone. (A more difficult one for me) 6 I try to raise my children to respect others and work hard for the good things in life. 7 To know that sometimes I am wrong.
It can be difficult to define the term "good person" as is it very subjective. As has been said within this thread, that staying within the law and paying taxes defines them as being good. However, others have said that they give to those less fortunate, which is also considered "good".
There is a "are you a good person" on-line test, but having done it, it is very religious and states which of the 10 commandments you break/pass. Not being religious, doesn't mean I can't be good. Another way to look at it is through the qualities of a good person, ie. kindness, helpful, caring, understanding, patient and loving. I think we all can have tendencies for all of these qualities, but can vary on a daily basis.
In the main I would say that I was a good person but, as with all humans, I can have a tendency to be selfish and unhelpful on occasions, which in itself might preclude me from being good.
Good is in the eye of the beholder. Radical clerics are the ultimate good to their followers. Catholic officials believed they were good and doing God's work when they burned people a the stake for saying there were other solar systems in the universe. I'll let my family, friends, and the people I deal with determine my value in this world. What I will call myself is a fair person and I think that is vastly more important.
"And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. You fathers, if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him."
So for me, I like to think that I am sinful and yet capable of doing good to them that ask of me.
The only absolute is that there are none...All of us has a bit of both and some of us have more than the other and vice-versa. All of us are capable of loving and hating. Our actions are what define in the end. Our intent is what drives us to act.
Jesus Himself said "No one is good but God alone." We do good things, but many times it is for selfish reasons. God alone loves the sinner, and His love keeps reaching, reaching, reaching even when it is not reciprocated. I am good to the extent I allow Gods love to work through me. otherwise, I am just another sinner in need of a savior.
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