We are bombarded by the notion that one must do good. That good is to be instilled in us, it is forced to be natural within us, that we are to learn how to naturally do good, as opposed to doing something not good, amoral, neutral, or bad. Since the beginnings of philosophical texts, there have been debates on whether human beings are natural born good, neutral, or evil – whether we are predisposed to helping one another, live amorally, or being utterly egocentric and uncaring about anything else other than one’s self. There has been no simple answer.
In kindergarten, we are told to share our toys with our friends. As we get a little older, we learn that to be good is to help others in need, be generous and kind. In schools, we may be encouraged to carry out ‘mandatory’ volunteer services, or community involvement projects to add some dimension to our academic transcripts. As we move on into the working world, volunteering one’s skills become a norm to gain experience in a field, or simply to make friends. Amongst friends and family, we may be obliged to do good, even if we are not readily willing to do so. Sometimes good comes with an agenda. To do good for good’s sake is commendable, but highly challenging.
The Good Advocate believes that the world is beautiful, passionate and purposeful, but as its people take thoughts and actions to their extremes – whether they may originate from absolute good or evil – we are forced to confront its devastation. Extremities are unnecessary. If we coexist and conspire we can conceive a much greater good.
The Good Advocate is nurturing. The Good Advocate does not judge the giver or the receiver of good. Do good however you may want, whenever you want to do it, wherever that may be, and for whatever reason you feel you want or should do good. Accept good when it is given to you. It may be expected or surprising, uncomfortable or accepted. Feel free to then pass it on, and do good for others and yourself. Good nurtures you to do more good so it becomes instinctive for you, and to accept good gracefully so you may then do good onto others.
Good is empowering. Good deeds have the potential to arouse you to find ways that you can do even greater good for others. You may impart good skills onto someone, who is then able to use these skills or adapt it to assist and inspire his community and better his environment. Good is infectious. There is no limit to how far a good deed can travel. Good empowers the receiver to do greater good with what he has been given.
Good paves the way for equality. Goodness cannot be measured – it cannot be quantified. Therefore, there is neither one person who should give more good than another, nor one who deserves more good than anyone else. Everyone has the potential to give and receive good in his or her own way. Everyone has needed some good actions from someone at some point, and has also had the opportunity to do good for someone else.
Good acts produces happiness and contentment for both the giver and the receiver. Both are fortunate to have had the chance to either commit to a good deed, or received the benefits of a good action. Good is not forced, it comes naturally. Because of that, good brings pleasure.
Good contributes to a better earth. Good actions are innovative, transformational and permanent. Good supports, moves and creates real good.
Good has the power to change the world for the better. The Good Advocate aims to do just that.