I don’t really know what this blog is about other than some mind spinning. I read something today, and it raised a question in my head: Are there more bad than good people in this world? Or is it just the few bad people ruling this world? I know this is a major philosophical question, which is hard too answer, and the more you think about it likely raises more questions. So take this blog for what it is: random, intellectual boredom or wisdom, whatever you prefer, that might not lead to anything intelligent.
However, I do find the question interesting. First of all it raises another question that we need to define first: what is the definition of a good person and a good act? The first thing you do today, when you have a question, is turn to Google. That act results in a lot of different approaches to the term “being good”. The simple explanation is “a person who is good to other people.” Duh, I could have come up with that answer, but it still snowballs into new questions such as “what is being good (to other people)? I guess the only thing we can agree on is the fact that goodness is an individual and subjective definition. If you’re religious it may refer to your holy book’s definition of living a good life. If you’re an atheist or just don’t live your life accordingly to defined religions, it may take it’s starting point in a spiritual or philosophical belief. No matter what, most people have a defined and common stomach feeling of the definition of good and distinction between good and bad/evil. I’m not talking about religious, cultural or society based definitions, but definitions based on pure humanity. In short, the things we would not like to happen or be done to ourselves. Examples, though this is just a short extract of the definition, could be treating people kindly, don’t talk behind their backs, don’t hurt them physically or emotionally, don’t lie to them, don’t cheat (on) them, compliment them etc. See more suggestions of being good here. So to sum it up, I will take the liberty of defining goodness as having people’s best interest in mind (if possible). If we leave out sociopaths in these statistics, we are left with people, who are good and choose to act and live on it, and the people who are fundamentally good, but choose to act despite the knowledge of what’s right and wrong.
So to get back to my wonder: are there more good people in this world than bad? I’m just wondering, since it sometimes seem that this world is completely screwed up in basically all areas. The environment is so fucked up that it’s threatening our physical existence; diseases like AIDS and cancer affects people in both the industrial and 3. world to an extend that cancer will affect almost all of us (us= assuming that since you have a computer you live in the industrial world), and AIDS will affect almost every living generation in Africa and South East Asia; the rain forest and many animal species are threatened with extermination; pedophiles, rapists and physical and emotional abusers ruin the lives of many people; unscrupulous politician take whatever they can get without keeping the people’s best interest in mind. For someone like myself, naive, kind, friendly and always trying to be as good as I can to other people, it’s just a mystery that some people do not care about being good to others or even worse: make it a lifestyle to be bad or cruel to other people. I’m no saint, and I’m not trying to judge anyone. Most people I know are good people, who, just like myself, try to be good (by whatever level or definition of goodness they have chosen for themselves). Maybe my wondering comes from all the public, so-called role models, who dominate the media picture. No one can convince me that Bush Jr. did what he did not knowing it was wrong. He just didn’t care. He was not a sociopath with no conscience; he simply chose to act cruel without any concern of the consequences of his decisions. I know that in this world of screwed up values it’s not always the smartest people who gain power. Right now I’m left with a feeling that most people don’t give a shit. The people, who know right from wrong, who have the competences of distinguishing between right and wrong, but who chooses to ignore that at the expense of someone or something else.
So I’m still left with an unanswered question: are there more good than bad people in this world? Enlighten me, please.