Good, bad, or indifferent?

I am currently listening to Game of Thrones and trying to keep a grip as good guys lose and bad guys win, then the good guys turn out to be the bad guys… you get the picture.

This got me thinking about how strong our instinct to work out what good and bad is and how we cling to the importance of doing so. Working out who were the good guys and bad guys in the recent elections. Working out the right or wrong things to do in teh world of work. The need to feel that if we see things as bad we can make them better. The idea of being in control. The idea of progress.

But is the balance between good and bad, as John Gray has so often argued, not linear at all but a constant ebb and flow? Is any idea of progress just the religious myth of redemption from a fallen state manifest in modern form? Is our perception of good and bad just made up stories and as the Buddhists would argue the only way to peace and happiness is to accept things as they are and love what is?

Do we make things better or worse with our labelling them as as good or bad and does it make a blind bit of difference?

2 thoughts on “Good, bad, or indifferent?

  1. Deep questions all. I’m not sure people really explore these things, or try to figure out what is good or bad: what they need to feel is that they are good – so they go just far enough to convince themselves of that. In real life you rarely come across people who see themselves as ‘the bad guy’. Everybody is good, it turns out. Everyone has their reasons… nobody thinks too hard. To answer your question directly – I side with Nietzsche who views ‘good’ as an internalised norm derived from three sources: biology, local culture, parents.


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