“Goodness is about character–integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” ~Dennis Prager …
What would life be like if we all were creatures with goodness of character? If we were only kind, honest, generous, selfless, men of integrity and moral courage, and so forth, then there really would be little need for other virtues such as patience, forbearance, or forgiveness. Imagine all the negative things we would never have to deal with in life and all the time we would have now have available to enjoy life to the fullest instead of putting out the fires of negativity.
As Dennis mentions, the most important virtue of goodness is “how we treat other people.” If we show pure goodness to others, we add goodness to this world–goodness that will be passed on to others and multiply exponentially. Through every simple act of goodness that we extend towards others, that much more of the world’s wickedness–pain and misery, discontent and unhappiness, hatred and anger, insecurity and manipulation–is crushed.
So what am I waiting for? I can act in a way that promotes goodness in life. I can forgive others their inconsistencies and inconsiderateness. And I can practice being a man of character today.
Treat others with goodness, kindness, generosity, honesty, and so forth as you go about your day.
Questions to consider:
In what ways do you practice integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, and moral courage?
What would life be like if everyone treated others with pure goodness?
Why is the world not that way? Do most people who act without kindness and integrity really want to do so?
For further thought:
“If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, and kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows.” ~Moliere