I want to give more thought and writing thought and writing to this topic, but I just wanted to share briefly on it now, as it has been on my mind tonight.
At the opera tonight, I found myself wondering about how all the good things someone has done can be so easily disregarded the moment something bad shows up.
At least, when the bad is considered to be a high enough degree of bad, anyway, the good seems to be swept away.
People often declare a falseness to all the good – it could not be good, because it must have been motivated by something bad, since this bad we see now has happened…, because, it seems people are saying, the person is inherently bad.
Yet we are told that humans are inherently good – all the major religions seem to declare it, to some degree…, yet the crowd of accusations always seems to be filled with religious individuals belonging to those religions.
When someone does bad, do we not say it is often a cry for help, in some way or other?
If it is, then would we be not better placed helping the individual than condemning him or her?
And, even then, must we disregard all the good the person did separate from the bad the person did?
Having been the recipient of really bad, I threw this argument to myself tonight.
Can I (and do I) still accept and appreciate all the good the person contributed to my life, despite the extreme and intense bad the person thrust upon me in the end?
No, I do not like him or ever want to be around him again in my life, and I believe he is driven by a lot of pain that has led him to commit a lot of bad in the world around him.
But yes, I am grateful for the good acts I received from him.
… even if he had bad intentions behind them, I am still grateful for the benefits I received from the good.
And I know there were many times that bad drove the good acts from him…, but I also believe there were times that good drove his good acts… and I still appreciate all of the good acts, no matter the good will or ill intention behind them.
So, where does this leave me with society on this matter…?
I think as an outlier in my view…