“Good isn’t just the absence of bad, it’s also the presence of good.”
– The Devil, from “The Devil’s Dilemma,” by Studio C
How much more “Halloween” can you get than quoting the Devil, eh? 😉
And who besides Studio C could make a comedy skit where the Devil appears and actually says this?
It’s all in good, amusing fun, of course. The Devil shows up to claim a recently-departed soul, but it’s the soul of a man so unimpressive that he actually doesn’t want it. The man in question is confused. It’s not like he was that bad of a person. He paid his taxes (so did Hitler!), he didn’t kill anyone (people talk about the people Mother Teresa helped, not who she didn’t kill), and he got his dog from a shelter instead of a breeder (because he couldn’t afford the latter).
So, he didn’t do much bad, but that’s only half the equation. He didn’t do much good either.
And if, as Batman says, we are defined by what we do, then being good requires doing good.
“Being” is actually an action word.
To be a doctor, to be a hard worker, to be honest, to be a man (in more than a biological sense), all of these require doing something
Just like to be a liar, or to be a killer, or to be an adulterer, or to be a thief. You don’t become any of those without doing what they entail.
To be bad, you must do bad, and so to be good, you must do good.
To be good people, we must do more than simply not do bad things.
Someone who rushes to save someone from a burning building, or one who smuggles escaped slaves to freedom, or one who stands up against a prejudiced crowd and shields their victim with their own body, or one who drops candy from a plane to the waiting hands of children below, or one who gives poor people medical care or helps them dig a well, or one who works to heal psychological scars of abuse, or one who simply buys a meal and gives a job to homeless man, or one who just offers support and comfort in the wake of loss… all of these are real-world examples of people doing good.
And that is what being good truly is.
So… let’s do some good, eh? 😉
Oh, and Happy Halloween! 🙂