The consequences of doing good are more favorable than those of not being good. This can be seen no matter how we interpret the meaning of ‘being good’. For children, being good means obeying one’s parents. As children by being good we gain or have gained parental approval and avoided punishment. Doing good feels good. You’ll feel great. Helping others is a great way to feel better about yourself. Seeing a smile or even tears of joy makes it all worth it.
Being good might mean obeying the dictates of one’s conscience, that internal voice which judges our actions as right or wrong, that which makes you check twice sideways before you throw litter into the street. By being good we gain a sense of uprightness, of rectitude, and we avoid feeling guilt and shame.
There are some moments, sad and miserable, when one feel rejected, desolate and even helpless. It is when those times struck, when the natural cover of friends and relatives is taken away one way or another, ripped off and one is left exposed to the unsual outside conditions or circumstances. It is in these circumstances, that a stranger may emerge as a saviour, in such a most complex of the situations. I mean that stranger who gave you directions when you where in the midst of nowhere, that stranger who assisted you when all hope had long been lost.
The voices that echoes – half lyrical, half aggressive and passionate – those good citizens who would give their all to chase a thief. Essentially, not because they have lost anything, but they have a strong conviction that they have a role to play in the eradication of crime in the community.
Were you able to say a mere ‘Thank you!’ ?. Or you recognised the need to after they were already gone. Gone and with no clue where to find them and even quite satisfied that you would never be able to meet them again.
For the sake of those benevelont strangers, we ought to do good for others and the community at large.
Doing good to others is a fundamental part of humanity. Most times the stories of those who help others are inspiring such as helping the nation recover from national disasters and terrorist attacks. Some men and women even devote their lives to helping others. The police force that protects our cities, the fire departments who run into burning buildings, to the service men and women who risk their lives for the common good. But helping others isn’t limited to these grand gestures or times of tribulation. Helping others can be done each and every day. And contrary to what you may have heard, helping others doesn’t always have to be a selfless act. It’s important to understand that helping others can actually help yourself. No matter what the motivation, getting out and helping others is the key.
If everyone valued others’ welfare inasmuch as they value their own, then everyone would share the greatest total benefit.
Be good. Start today! Help that first year student at your university who is lost. Give him or her the directions. Assist the computer illiterate one. Help him or her access her/his portal.
Fellow colleagues, we ought to be good.
Taruberekera Brighton is a writer, poet and student of political science at the University Of Zimbabwe. He can be contacted on +263 778 992 045 / firstname.lastname@example.org