Baillie has a 3 line post (as a draft) started titled "Being a Good Person". It had me thinking. In those 3 lines she had only really related the fact that it was kind of related to some of my other posts. I, funnily enough, found myself asking for Baillie's permission (for a post on my own blog) to use that start as a basis for my own post.
What does it mean to be a good person?
I don't consider myself to be a good person. I try. I'm sure most people out there do. But then, I've said I believe ourselves to be selfish. There is something to be said from doing things from a sense of being selfless - thus being about the respect of others or feeling you get when doing something you consider selfless, or even, the concept of being a good person.
So what constitutes a good person? I don't think many would argue that Mother Theresa was a good person. So what made her a good person? Some could argue that a lot of what made her known as a good person was the media around her. There was some dispute over the medical care offered in her hospices and negative comments over her very catholic views on abortion and contraception as well as her belief in poverty as a conduit to spiritualism.
The bible (new testament, appears in 3 gospels) has a rather curious passage about what it takes to get into "the kingdom of god". (The common parts of the passages only).
"...it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God..."
Does wealth determine how good or bad a person is? And if it does, then can it then be interpreted as "the devil's" work when we work toward capitalist ideals? Working and seeking out pay rises, and perhaps even other forms of personal gain, such as reputation, could be seen as acquiring wealth. A state which makes entering the "kingdom of God" uncomfortable and unlikely at the very least.
So the question isn't quite so much are you a good person? but rather, is it possible to be a good person?