Goodness is rare since there is cut throat competition everywhere and people have to survive in all odds of conditions.
With the "survival of the fittest" mantra everywhere, people panic and leave the quality of "goodness" behind since; with that quality in our consciousness one tends to become fragile in hurting others!
Is it really rare? Yes, man's inhumanity to man does reach some pretty incredible proportions in many cases, but...
But the opposite is true, too. In Cairo, after two Fox News reporters were nearly killed in the streets by protesting Egyptians whle Army troops looked on and did nothing, other protesters HELPED the journalists survive--as did hospital staff once they reached the facility. In August of 1999, a total stranger with little to spare himself...palmed me $15 after realizing I was on short rations.
There's always a balance.
I don't think its so rare. Everyday, millions of dollars are donated to charities in the hope that these facilities will provide food, shelter, and clothing to less fortunate people. That money doesn't just appear out of thin air. People DO care; there is still goodness in this world. Sure, at times it seems like the world is completely void of it, but it may be that your perspective needs adjusting.
Because of the commotion in our society and people
are stressed out. People being homeless, hunger, education system struggling, house foreclosure, unsettling climates throughout the world and areas of disasters....makes us wonder about IS there anything good around us. However, there is goodness in how we perceive things each day through our friends and family that binds us all together.
It really depends on what circles you travel in.
My guess is you are surrounded by goodness that simply goes unnoticed.
It's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. (or attention)
We have news available to us 24/7 and it's big business.
It comes down to ratings and dollars.
"If it bleeds, it leads" - a very old saying from those in the news business.
No one cares to know that your neighbor picks up your mail and newspapers as well as cares for your pets while you are away on vacation or a stranger points out you dropped your wallet, or there is a retired couple who spends time visiting people in nursing homes they don't know just so that someone is looking in on them....etc
Millions of good deeds are being performed every hour! It just goes unnoticed.
It's very easy for us to get caught up watching the news and reading so called "top stories" in newspapers and online that we start to believe the whole world has gone to hell in a hen basket! That's not reality!
Right now at this very moment there are thousands if not millions of people laying out in the sun on numerous tropical islands sipping on Mango daiquiris and listening to music from their iPods while staring at turquoise waters...etc
Life is a personal journey!
There will always be haves and have nots. good and evil, rich and poor, wars and hunger...etc
The beautiful and positive things in life don't get the same kind of airplay as the negative things.
It's up to each of us to look for those good things on our own.
The world is much more than what we see on the nightly news.
It is not rare but your state of mind at the time of posting your question was pessimistic.Did you have this opinion throughout your life since your childhood ? The answer is definitely "No" but some occurrences have certainly contributed to your false assumption.In my opinion the main reason for that state of mind is that some of your hopes did not come up to your expectation !
The distance between how we think things should be and how they are is very large, and has been for as far as I can tell. It's human nature not to be perfect and think we should be, specially when it comes to blaming a big group of 'other' people.
It's not the times we're living in, even though most people think so. Most people won't go out of their way to do some major good deeds, and the few who do go unnoticed less and less since if they used to be 1 in 100, now it's 100 in 1000 with the world population being bigger.
No assuming. It says a great deal about you and it isn't good.
Sometimes when we're going through a difficult time goodness can seem rare; but, if you pay attention to the small things, such as, a smile from a stranger to a hug from a friend, you'll find that for most, kindness prevails- not matter how small the gesture.
Goodness is rare because you look for it, goodness should not be found in other people but offered by you, I am not rich and therefore have no money issues with anyone, I am not bitter or judge anyone, I do not look for acceptance or forgiveness (not biblical), I do not condemn or criticize and I do not get jealous, bitter or vindictive. Goodness is a quality NOT supported by faith, religion or position it is not offered by peers parents or guardians it can only be given by you for no reason other than to be good. Do not expect people to be good to you, be good to other people and goodness may grow as a result and for the right reason, not just to look good in society.
It is not..........not in the simple form.
As a whole, we are being taught to do more, expect more......to the extent that we tend to forget the little kindnesses shown along the way.
Appreciation, of the acts, the simplicity, the purity of others is the key. We, as a whole, are no longer being taught to appreciate simplicity.
I don't think it is so rare Vinodkpillai, It's just not openly shown or broadcast. Bad deeds get broadcast on the news dailly but for each bad deed there will be a good deed that will not make it to be broadcast because it will be of little interest in general???
I think its because we are all so busy with making ends meet, stressed out of our heads with so many things to get done. To top it up we are all becoming very materialistic which lends one to be more selfish therefore leading to reduced inclinations towards what is good.
Goodness are really very rare these days because like the song of Bob Marley "man to man is so unjust" sometimes goodness can bum-around and you become a bad person so some people are just too careful not to fall victim of circumstance.
Goodness is becoming extinct. Everyone is becoming more and more worried about themselves and how they can get ahead. 30 years ago if you were broke down on the side of the road at least 10 people would stop by to help. Now you are lucky if 1 person stops. In my hometown, people always help but that's rural upbringing i guess.
Not only are people more worried about themselves now, but parents aren't showing their kids kindness. Sure they tell them "don't hit" or "say thank you". But the parents aren't practicing what they preach. Now i'm not saying that I have a perfect family but i have seen my dad in the grocery store pay for someone else's stuff because he knows there family situation.
Simply because badness gets much attention than goodness. Even when a person does so many good things, with just one mistake, all the goodness is ignored.
Well, define goodness first.
Jesus said, give a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach him how to fish and he eats everyday.
Similarly, is it being kind to people and helping them out or speaking politely to them goodness or is it goodness to NOT HELP A PERSON so that they learn to stand up for themselves goodness?
It's the human condition unfortunately. Although modern life is a bit easier and we live longer, there will always be the need to 'store away for a rainy day' - a competitiveness that makes us enemies to each other. This will always exist at some level, but the current global capitalism doesn't do much to help matters.
When money becomes the main aspect of life, it projects the less humane nature of an individual. When humanity and spiritual development becomes the main aspect of life (with the understanding that money is required only to support life), goodness could be found everywhere.
Man has made a great mistake by creating a lot of value to a paper note.
Goodness isn't rare. We just tend to focus on the negativity. There is much in the world that is going on which is moving in the right direction. Granted, much is happening that is motivated by self serving entities, but, results is results. The end doesn't always justify the means, but it can.
Goodness is rare only because, people started to live according to their own interests and they forgot about the god, who actually created them.
Oscar Wilde said, "It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly."
I'm afraid it is a belief a large part of society subscribes to. Afterall, goodness is not a trait you acquire; it is a value you must practice.
i think it can be alot of different things. selfishness, probs in society for example. people are so focused on the negitive, that doing or being good gets put to the side. sometimes people just dont care enough.
It isn't, we just take goodness for granted too much. Often, people do the smallest things, let us out in traffic, hold open a door for us, that sort of thing and we're indifferent to it.
As soon as that small percentage of people don't let us out in traffic, don't hold the door, etc. we're indignent.
We remember the rudeness, the bad behaviour because it's different, not what we were expecting and that's why, on the whole, we experience more goodness than badness.
Goodness is as abundant as the seer chooses to make it. I believe as humans, we see what we choose to see. If we only look for evil, that's what we see. If we only look for goodness, that's what we see.
Of course there are no humans at the polar extremes of both of these things, its kind of a spectrum.
But I do firmly believe we see what we choose to see and that is that.
Is goodness rare? Is beauty rare, or as they say, in the eye of the beholder. All good things rely on our hearts to see them and on our eyes to hold them. We must do so, less the ill of a fallen world consume us.
We have an incredible problem moving from the level of the individual to the communal.
On an individual level, many acts are well intentioned, but not universalised. That is to say, many people do things they think might be "good", but they don't really think about what this means. There is a tendency to use good to mean "useful", "pleasurable" & "Good-in-itself" which means that just acting from an individual perspective it's quite hard to make your actions morally good.
(This does not make them "bad" per se, but it can make them very harmful. It is very rare for people to have genuinely "bad" intentions, it is more common that their action simply lacks moral quality because they haven't thought about it enough).
You have to universalise your actions as a test of their "goodness", or, in other words, when you are doing something ask yourself:
"Would I want everybody else in this position to make the same choice as me?"
If the answer is "yes", then there's a real chance you're onto a "good" course of action.
But in our everyday lives we're not encouraged to make those kinds of calls very often. Governments deploy soldiers without thinking "would I want another country to invade me?", businesses outsource jobs without thinking "would I like to be exploited by my boss?" people commit crime (often through desperation, it has to be said) without wondering what effect it has on their victim. We all have "goals" - pacify that country, make more profit, feed your family - that act to prevent us universalising our actions.
I read all of the answers that came before me to this question (of course) and I agree with almost all of them, and by almost all I mean all except the ones that were real negative but I think Druid Dude got it right in the first two sentences. I don't believe that you necessarily have to know "where to look" though. It's all around us, you just have to notice it.
There is alot going on in the world today. People are going through a lot of difficult trials and challenges. Some are angry, some lonely, some bitter or resentful. I think we all need to try and look beyond all the madness and find out all the small little things that matter in this life. Also to learn to be content with what we have and where we are.
If being good was easy, lots of people would be good.
If something is hard to do, most people can't be bothered - it's hard being good.
If something is precious and in short supply by definition - it's rare.
It's rarely hard being good a lot of the time, that's why so many of us fail miserably, and why good men and women are hard to find.
That depends on your outlook of things. Perchance it is rare for you because you only expect not so good things. Perhaps it is rare so that we don't take it for granted and enjoy it better and longer once we find them.
Like everything else in life, goodness is where you look for it, if you watch the news 3 times a day, chances are you will never see goodness, the news is 90percent doom and gloom. If you think goodness is rare, try looking for it, and I promise you will find it.
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