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Self-Knowledge: Know Yourself. There is really only one question you ever need to direct at someone to work out whether or not they are a good person — and that is, with deliberate simplicity: Do you think you are a good person? And to this there is only one acceptable answer. People who are genuinely good, people who know about kindness, patience, forgiveness, compromise, apology and gentleness always, always answer no. One cannot both be a good person and at the same time feel either blameless or pure inside.
The price of being genuinely good has to be a constant suspicion that one might be a monster — combined with a fundamental hesitation about labelling anyone else monstrous. A guilty conscience is the bedrock of virtue. It has generally never occurred to the most difficult or dangerous people on the planet that they might be lacking. And their job is to take these impure people down and correct their evils in the fire of their own righteousness.
It is a grim paradox that the worst deeds that humans have ever been guilty of have been carried out by people with an easy conscience, people who felt they were definitely on the side of angels, people who were entirely sure that they had justice in hand. What unites the people who report their neighbours to the secret police, the crowds who burn their victims at stakes while dancing around their agonised bodies, the government officials who set up purification camps and the nations that wipe out their enemies with special barbarism is their consistent and overwhelming sense that they are doing the right thing — in the eyes of god, history or Truth.
When trying to understand why people do evil things, never start from the position of imagining that they understood them as evil; remember that they would have carried out their nastiness cocksure that they were paragons. It is a hallmark of all the cruellest ages of history that certain groups decide that they have landed on a cause that gives them a monopoly on justice: that a particular god has given them a special mission to eradicate sin or when their study of economics or biology have shown them one true path to an upright future — at which point there is no limit to the of eggs that can be broken to concoct the righteous omelette.
And by implication, the kindest stretches of history are those when a majority daily awake wondering how they might go easy on others because they are so flawed themselves, when a sense of scepticism and apology dominates every social exchange, when one is constantly charitable in word and deed from a sense of impeachability — and when people can always readily forgive because they know how much in them needs to be forgiven. It's hard to understand who we really are: what we want, how we feel and why we react as we do.
This lack of self-knowledge can be trouble In Ancient Greece, when the philosopher Socrates was asked to sum up what all philosophical commandments could be reduced to There are some of us who regularly feel a powerful need to go away and think rather more than is typically allowed or taken to be normal. This business of thinking…. So efficient and hushed are our brains in their day to day operations, we are apt to miss what an extraordinary and complicated achievement it is to feel mentally well. Index Anxiety Serenity Perspective. Total views: 28, Facebook Twitter LinkedIn.
Shop now ». A guided journal to develop self-understanding. One of the trickiest tasks we ever face is that of working out who we really are Available to buy as an eBook on: Amazon Kobo In Ancient Greece, when the philosopher Socrates was asked to sum up what all philosophical commandments could be reduced to Self-Knowledge Why Self-Analysis Works There are some of us who regularly feel a powerful need to go away and think rather more than is typically allowed or taken to be normal. Self-Knowledge What is Mental Health?How to tell if you are a good person
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