Good vs bad

What is the best thing about life? What is the worst? What if there were only good things in the world, and nothing bad existed. Well, that’s impossible.

World peace will never exist. There will always be bad things because good and bad are relative terms. “The way I see it, is every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things dont always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things dont always spoil the good things and make them unimportant”-the doctor. I love this quote not only because its from the greatest tv show ever, but also because it speaks about good things and bad things like the yinyang symbol. You cant have one without the other. There is no definite definition of good and bad, because they are dependant on each other. If you had a really good day, it’s because you have had bad days in the past. People seem to think that it’s possible for everything to be good, but it’s not. The turritopsis nutricula jellyfish can cycle from a polyp, to an adult, and back to a polyp all over again, as many times as it needs, with no natural cause of death. Essentially, these jellyfish can live forever. Their lives are a constant stream of good and bad things. These bad things may not be as bad as the problems we have, but compared to the good things that also happen to these jellyfish, the bad things are still bad.

As I mentioned earlier, humans think that a perfect world could exist, but we will never end world hunger, poverty, or crime. The government is like the weather. There will always be good sunny days, and then there will be hurricanes. Typically humans over react when something bad happens. When a teenage girl loses her cell phone, it is the end of the world. But there can be worse things. You could have a terminal illness. Life is what you make of it so if you are constantly sad or angry this is most likely because you are looking at your situation the wrong way. You’re going to have bad days, but not all of your days will be bad. You’re also going to have good days, but not all of them will be good.

I think it’s unfair to call people, dogs, or any creature good or bad. One of my previous high school teachers once asked the class (law academy) if we thought all people were born bad, or evil, or if we thought all people were born good. This is one of those philosophical school of thought questions that gives a choice between two extremes. Like a lot of questions in philosophy, I try to answer somewhere inbetween the two extemes. I do not think that humans are born evil, but I don’t think they are born “good”. I think we are all born with the capability to be good and bad, and our actions depend on our environment and life experiences. For example, a lot of people think that pitbulls are bad dogs. However, pitbulls can be very sweet and great companions, and they are very intelligent. Pit bulls can act out and become aggressive and dangerous because of a bad environment, such as a cruel owner, who puts their pit bull in dog fights. People aren’t completely bad or good because of their actions either. Someone may have murdered three people, but that doesn’t make them completely bad. Their actions are bad, but there is a chance for them to have good behavior again. Likewise, a person isn’t completely good because they donate half a million dollars to charity. There is still a chance for them to do bad things, such as murder. These two extremities, good and bad, cannot exist without the other, and they can’t be used as labels. Sometimes, I think we use these words too much.
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