The discourse among people is occasionally pervaded by the complexity of what determines a good vs. a bad person. Approaching from a different angle, we must forthwith note that the term “good and bad” might be confusing in application as it rigidly categorizes into “either-or”. For the reality is different and more dynamic because every second we are thinking, drawing thoughts, repelling others, making decisions, pondering etc. All those vacillations of our inner lives each second has a fortifying, eroding, strengthening, or degenerative effect. Hence every second we receive a reinforcement of energy that drifts us gradually in either direction along this spectrum of “good or bad”. So there is a dynamic and imperceptible movement and development along the path we think and concentrate.
In addition, there is the issue of the driving volition. That is, the root of every decision is found in a deepest volition at the level of the soul. So someone might have a dominant aspiration and “good” volition. However, if they have a wrong concept of the Laws of Life, they might pursue the realization of their otherwise “good” volition with thoughts that might actually stifle and hinder the said volition. So their own thoughts become a hinderance in the pursuit of their own volition. The consequence is a range of contradictory behaviors that births a confusing motley of situations.
For a basic example, we can spotlight a person who wants to be happy, yet nurses the concept that life can be unfair. Unfortunately, happiness is impossible and mutually exclusive with the notion that life is unfair. Once an individual subscribes to this notion of unfairness, they immediately believe some events can come to you that you either do not need for your development, or that you did not participate in its formation. Hence you are powerless to control and direct every moment. This very notion undercuts the quiddity of happiness which implies absolute control of one’s inner life and a personal responsibility for every movement of one’s soul that produces a corresponding outward effect. When you believe you are subject to vicissitudes, you believe you can reap where you did not sow. When you believe this, you believe you are powerless somehow. Powerlessness and undeserved happenstance breed an internal but silent fear of life. Fear, however, springs from distrust in the working of the perfect mechanism of the spiritual laws of life. Hence any appearance of “happiness” for this person would only be a guise, a mask that hides a litany of apprehensions. These apprehensions, though hidden, quickly surfaces when the said person faces the tremendous pressure of an incisive experience that squeezes out all concealed consternations. Whereby the ostensibly composed person suddenly loses control and becomes despondent.
It is only when our deepest volition, concepts, and thoughts are in perennially immaculate syzygy that a person can be categorized as good. For all others, we can at best be called “striving for the good”. The word “striving” is important here, as it indicates a continual journey, a constant effort. It jettisons the notion of arrival and rest, and instead encourages constant movement. For a person who believes they already “are” something soon become lax and stagnate. The consequence is pictorially illustrated in the Bible when Lot’s wife stopped “running”, looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. The pillar of salt allegorically depicts the inertia that occurs when a person believes they “are” this or that, and thus stop moving and advancing ardently towards an ideal. The belief of already being something, i.e. being good, tempts the awakening of vanity and self-satisfaction that is a first consequence of this stagnation. Therefore, for a preponderance of people, I encourage the notion of “striving toward the good”, instead of “good”. The striving serving as a constant incentive to motion.
So each moment, based on the contents and energy of our inner lives, we are either sliding towards the whirlpool of darkness or advancing towards the luminous fields of blessedness. No in-between exists.
~Ikenna Q Ezealah