Monday, September 28, 2015

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Like most people, there are two sides of me, generally speaking. The nice side and the not-so-nice.  The ideal is usually to remain on the path of goodness, therefore the 'nice side' is what we should strive for. Kindness, forgiveness, altruism.

But what if we're wrong?

We've got this 'bad angel' and 'good angel' on either of our shoulders respectively, guiding us to good or goading us to evil. And we assume the good is telling us to be self-effacing and turn the other cheek. But really, what if we've all got it mixed up?

Suppose being good was really a device of the devil - to make us weak, reliant on others through our dependency of our good acts toward them. What if each time we hold a door open for another creature, the army of 'good angels' are groaning, because they know that we are succumbing to the manipulations of a very well-executed plan of action by the spawn of hell.

What if the good angel is the one actually telling us to not move over and give your seat to the next dude, and is telling us to just tell the fellow to fecking find another seat because there are lots of them all over the damn bus? Because we got to put our feet down and do unto others as we ought to because everyone is goddamn different.

I'm not even going to elaborate. I'm just going to leave this here to chew on.


  1. Now, the assumption ( can I call it that?) or perhaps the theory of the good angel and bad angel is a perspective of our mind. It is how we want them to look like. May be it has been the years of force feeding into our brains that the good does good (no matter what, even if you put a gun to its head) and the bad does bad. This again is a result of force-feeding by the people. But mostly it is what people chose to believe at the end.
    Perhaps, you are right. And perhaps in the parallel universe, the people are made to believe so.

    PS : When did you cross over from that universe to this ?

    1. Perhaps the assumption of my location is also a perspective of the mind...;)

    2. Also, how do we know that the acts you directly class as 'good' (as in good do good) are actually 'good' acts in the bigger picture? I don't really think of it as 'force feeding' but just cultural acquisition...a proliferation of a moral mindset that we are not capable of comprehending is fallible.

  2. Firstly, you and this whole title thing going on :) and while I was referring to the post title there, I also noticed your blog title/header, which I also love!

    As for the post, it's an interesting thing to think about. Maybe there is no definite good or bad, and we are only filling those in to our needs.

  3. The title, why not? I like em to exemplify ''nough said' in itself. Feels more communicative and educational I guess. The actual blog header needs tweaking, I did this version VERY hastily. Don't look too close, haha!

    As for the context of this entr, I'm not sure if I had a point,as to a real conclusion, this was really just the seed of a thought. Maybe engender further discourse. But its really hard to wrap the mind around good not being good. It seems such a thing set in stone almost. (Figuratively and 'historically': ten commandments, anyone?).