What if every moment of everyday you did your very best to do the right thing – not just morally or emotionally, but rationally. What if you sought out every mentor, took care of your body, tried to understand the people you didn’t agree with, never gave in to physical or intellectual laziness. Constantly pursued what you loved, respected other. Would you be Barak Obama? Ghandi? Madame Curie? Thomas Edison? Thomas Jefferson? Leonardo di Vinci? The Pope? Michael Jordan? Picasso? Thoreau?

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5 comments

  1. Great question – doesn’t it first require there to be a shared basis for “what is right?” If you look at our culture today one could argue that this understanding has eroded significantly as we move towards a culture where what is right is in the eyes of the beholder. Then what? Just look at content of movies, music, and video games.

    1. i’m not so sure. putting aside actual evil – murder, slavery, torture, and a few other examples that are clearly wrong, I think that its more important that you follow your own internal compass than hope for a shared one. though I do think we should strive toward shared understanding of right and wrong, i’m not sure its possible – its perhaps the pursuit that matters.

  2. Someonewho always did the right thing and never made mistakes or were lazy wouldn’t be human. All the individuals you mention had flaws and made questionable decisions. But trying to do your best always is a wonderful way of living your life. I don’t think there is a universal code of right and wrong either, but some key shared principles exist in all cultures. Any true moral code has to be individual and not collective though, the collective will always try to screw weak minorities.

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