What does it mean to be a “good person”?

protestorHe marches down the street, one head, one sign, one voice in a wave of protestors. He chants for equality; he chants for justice. He supports The Cause. He supports The People. He marches; he chants; he supports Human Rights.

Does this make him a good person?

While I do believe that these kinds of people genuinely care about The Issues, I do not believe that their activism automatically makes them “good people.” I have personally come into contact with the most passionate of activists; and even though they publicly fight for a better world, some of them manipulate, deceive, and hurt those directly around them. Their friends. Their family. Outside, they march, they chant, and they petition for a safer, freer, and kinder world, and yet, behind closed doors, they betray their own ideals.

Disillusioned and disappointed, I’ve begun to realize more and more that not all people are who they appear to be. In other words, I have come to see that all people have a public and private self. Publicly, some people may present themselves as respectful. Compassionate. Generous. Privately, however, some people may actually be inconsiderate. Apathetic. Greedy. The disillusionment that I’ve been feeling has forced me to reconsider my conception of what it means to be a (truly) good person.

So, I would like to ask you, reader? What do you think it means to be a good person?


Post submitted by JoAnna


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