I think that we’re on the earth, we exist, we’re supposed to do good – good for the largest number of entities possible.
I say entities because I don’t think it should stop at just people – the entire world needs us to do good.
It’s easy to do good for yourself, easy to do good for your beloved ones, a bit harder to do it for strangers, and damned difficult to do it for those who you perceive as enemies or those who view you as an enemy…
But doing good saves us. I don’t mean that in the way that some religions mean – I don’t have a religion, per se – which is not to say that I’m a non-believer… it just means that what I believe in is far more vast and incomprehensible than what most religious people seem (by their actions more than their words) to believe in. I believe in the ability of all people to do good. I believe the universe is vast and that there are so many things we’ll never, ever understand – and that we should rejoice in that fact. I believe that I can make a difference, somehow…
By saving us, I mean that doing good balances us, keeps us from thinking that everything is about us.
I think – believe – that the spark of doing good is born in us but that it is often overshadowed by the tendency towards selfishness. Babies and children are amoral. We’re supposed to outgrow it, to learn and develop a moral compass, but it’s not easy at all. I think that the first steps are when we discover how good it feels to do good for others.
It all come to this: the simplest way to be happy is to do good. – Helen Keller
Someone doing good for many: Partners for life.
Photo credit: By NASA/Apollo 17 crew; taken by either Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons