Philosophy of Good-Doing

October 22, 2009

In life, the most simplest way of judging things is black and white. But when you’re referring to things that actually have a direct effect on you, then things can be easily categorized, instead, as good and bad.

When you get something you want, then, generally, you will instantly recognize that as a good thing. For example, if you get accepted at the college of your dreams, that will be characterized as a good thing. Not only will acquiring things be recognized as good, but also, if a person shows you good will or complements you, saying something like “You look nice.”, that can also be characterized as something good.

On the other hand, when you get something you don’t want, you will recognize that thing as a bad thing. For example, if you find out you have a disease or illness, that will be a bad thing.

To conclude, it is very easy to tell when something is good or when something is bad.

My philosophy on good doing is that if you do something good for another person, it will end up being the best thing you have ever done in your life; and, if you continue to do good things enough that it becomes a part of your nature, then the quality of your life will be elevated. Just like there is no bare minimum to how much good you can do (some never care to do anything others would appreciate), there is likewise no limit to how much good you can do in life. Therefore, if you continue to exhibit good will and nature towards others, day by day, month by month, year by year, and decade by decade… you will eventually instinctively be a good person.

Being a good person is not just about being liked by others. Although, the reward definitely varies between person, in general, doing and then being good, improves life, for a few good reasons:

  1. The contrast between good and bad is so great, that being good will shine even brighter. (If everyone was doing good, the people around you will not appreciate it as much… which brings me to my second point.)
  2. As a person who continually helps others and considers helping others before himself, he will become more accustomed to it. And as he truly grows into that “good” mold that he is everyday, it will become progressively more satisfying – as “thank you”‘s from other people will be less expected, but very highly appreciated when they come by.
  3. And lastly, just like something recognized as the law of attracting positive things, if you exhibit good will and nature to others, they will more likely do it for you in return (and even more so when good is not so commonplace.)

So if possible, if you have no other matters that are more pressing than improving your level of happiness in life, then try to do one good thing today. And then, if you can, try to do it again the next day. Hopefully if you continue this for a week, you will reap at least one positive result from a person – a positive comment of appreciation. If not, then you shall continue to work at this as long as others appreciate it. In the words of Confucius, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Just remember, there is no other, more satisfying thing to know in life, than to know that you are doing good for others, that you are contributing to something that is bigger than you are, and that you are being appreciated for it.

Nothing else is more gratifying – nothing else more worth living for. (Even if it is a result of some other goal you are working towards; what’s so satisfying and uplifting is to know you’re doing good, and that you are appreciated for it.)

I wrote this as best as I could, in the short time I have allotted for myself. I thank you for taking the time to read this. Take care [of yourself].

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