Thoughts for No One in Particular

A go or a no

I do not know if we humans are fundamentally good or evil. I am not in a position to judge. But I believe we generally value good over evil – we try to be good and avoid being evil. Nevertheless, we are imperfect beings and we all err. Sometimes we end up being evil… intended or not.

 

Maybe we did not have enough information, knowledge, or experience to be good.

We can try as hard as we may to be good, but if we do not know how, we cannot make informed decisions on how to be.

 

Maybe we did not have enough time to consider all options and contemplate over all possible outcomes.

We can wish as much as we may to be good, but if we make decisions hastily, we could be missing critical points which should have deserved more attention.

 

Maybe we did not make clear enough where accountability lies.

We can appraise as much as we may to be good, but if no one is made to take responsibility for things turning evil, we will have momentary lapse of reason and make careless decisions.

 

Maybe we will give a go, when we should be saying no.

Or maybe we let things be given a go, because we do not know how to say no.

 

But, I am still optimistic – maybe we err, but we can certainly learn from our mistakes.

We can gather more information, knowledge, and experience to make better informed decisions.

We can take more time to explore options and simulate outcomes to make thoughtful decisions.

We can be more accountable of our actions and make responsible decisions.

 

Then, maybe what is important is not so much whether we are fundamentally good or evil, but whether we can show we can turn out good even if we have had evil moments in the past.

Maybe what is important is not so much that we are always good and never err, but that we do not make the same mistake twice.

 

I do not know if we humans are fundamentally good or evil. I am not in a position to judge. But I would believe someone is more good than evil if (but only if) efforts are shown in learning from mistakes and taking measures to make better informed, thoughtful, and responsible decisions.

 

Only then will there be a decision made on giving a go, and not a no, to a second chance… a decision one can only hope will be informed, thoughtful, and responsible to turn out good, because it can only be made by someone other than oneself.

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