Step 1: Start by making a good-cloud
Using a blank sheet of paper, just randomly write down words describing what is worth striving for in work and life in general, much like in the figure of the post ‘Good is a fuzzy concept‘. They don’t have to specifically relate to your preferences, but should reflect a general sense of right or wrong. Don’t think about it too much, just let it flow.
If you are having trouble making a ‘good-cloud’, you can consider doing the exercise ‘The graph of your life‘ first. Alternatively, you cal also use the ‘good-cloud’ from the post referred to above.
Once you have a ‘cloud’ of words referring to either good or bad things, proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Divide the words into three distinct categories
Can you recognise distinctly different ways of describing good in your wordcloud? This might be hard, but try to recognise different categories in the words you provided (or the post mentioned above). Avoid categories such as good, bad and harmless. Rather look for ways to categorise the words similar to how we categorise the animal kingdom or groceries.
Step 3: Finally, mark each word in your wordcloud with a different colour or symbol, based on your categorisation.
If you managed to do a categorisation, well done! If not, don’t worry, you’re not alone. This is hard to do but my assumption is that is is valuable to learn to do it as it will make it easier to talk about this ‘fuzzy’ concept of good. In the next couple of posts I will propose three categories that can help us talk about good in more detail.