A pathway to good

There is a logical process to being good

This post follows up on the previous post Making good more doable

let’s break down what steps it would take to ultimately be able to say we are good people. So, the endgame is to be good, but how can we become that? To become good, we will have to do good at least most of the time. This might sound easy, but in order to do good, we will first need to agree what good is. After all, if we don’t know what good is, it is impossible to achieve it. We are inclined to rely on our intuition about what good is, but to really agree on good, we would need to either use the power of numbers to calculate good, or to use the power of words to reason good. Not an easy step, as so far, we have not managed to make good measurable, and our moral vocabulary and grammar not very helpful either.

Next, in order to reason our way towards what is good, we need to understand good to the extent that we are able to talk about it. Understanding the things that contribute to us being good is essential to us achieving our ambition to be good people, and help others to do the same. Before we understand it, obviously we would need to recognise goodfirst. If we cannot see it, we cannot talk about it. Luckily, we inherently have a moral intuition, so there is good hope, we all have the trigger necessary to start the sequence of steps necessary to become good.

In this blog, I will attempt to show how each of these steps could be made less cumbersome, or even easier, making it more likely for us to advance to the next step towards being good people. If we manage to achieve a doable pathway towards being good, we will continue to an even higher level of ambition, to help others be good by showing good leadership or even building good machines.


  • Inspired by James Rest, see link





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