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For a society, ‘good’ is that which survives, which wins and ‘bad’ is that which gives way and fails.
As an individual, the thing which is good for you may be bad for others, and what is bad for you may be good for others.
For a saint, everything is good. For a wicked, even his family seem bad to him.
Both the positive and negative had been developed in us by the society in which we had brought up.
Judging who is good and who is bad is of no use. At the same time identifying what is good and bad about ‘self’ is beyond every moral and philosophy. Most people boast about their good qualities. But it is rare to find a man who tries to find the bad in himself.
I prefer the solitude of my room, in my books. Long years ago, when I was fond of collecting little anecdotes from books, I found a delighting story:
An old Cherokee told his grandson, ‘my son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lie and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth.’
The boy thought about it, and asked, ‘Grandfather which wolf wins?’
The old man quietly replied, ‘The one you feed.’
Understanding these two wolves separate good from bad. Once you stop finding these wolves in others and begin identifying the wolves in your own self, you will be free.
How these qualities and ideas affect our life?
Everything is a part of the circle. Whether we realize it or not, we are responsible for bringing both positive and negative influences in our life. This is the law of attraction. There are many books being written about it, amongst which are Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay.
It really never matters what is good and what is bad. What matter most is what kind of thoughts or reactions you are giving to the world?
There are not so many philosophies I’m following on the path of self-improvement. Truly, in the past three years, I’m just reading the teachings of Buddha to improve my thoughts and its causes. One among his greatest teachings I’ve read of Buddha was told to his disciple, Shariputra, by him.
In each of us, there are wholesome and unwholesome roots — or seeds — in the depths of our consciousness. If you are a loyal person, it is because of the seed of loyalty is in you. But don’t think that the seed of betrayal isn’t in you. If you live in an environment where your seed of loyalty is watered, you will be a loyal person. But if your seed of betrayal is watered, you may betray even those you love. You’ll feel guilty about it, but if the seed of betrayal in you becomes strong, you may do it.