Do good

Basic considerations

Asking the right questions on the moments that matter helps to make good more doable.

Once we are aware of an opportunity to do good (see previous post), and we have the time to pursue this opportunity, we are ready to consider some key questions that can help us properly recognise good and move on to the next step in the ‘pathway to good’.

The fundamentals of doing good might simply involve us being able to follow the pathway to good along a set of basic considerations. It would be too bold to state this as a fact, therefore my aim is to investigate whether it could be true. Troughout this blog, I will investigate if it is possible to build a ‘heuristic‘ or logical process to do the right thing. It might look something like this:

A. When I’m triggered to do something:

  1. Do I need to pay attention?
  2. Is there an opportunity to do good or a risk to do bad?
  3. Are all relevant people aware?
  4. Do I recognise (the opportunity to do) good?

B. When I doubt what to do:

  1. What are the options?
  2. What stakeholders are involved?
  3. What interests should be taken into account?
  4. What values should be taken into account?
  5. Do I understand good?

C. When I decide what to do:

  1. Does it feel good?
  2. Will it have a good impact?
  3. Is it proportional?
  4. Do others agree this is good?
  5. Can I explain my decision?
  6. Do I know what is good?

D. When I do something:

  1. Is it good to do this?
  2. Is this the good way to do it?
  3. Do I have good intentions?
  4. Do I do good?

As it might feel like quite an ambitious endevour to build such a process or pathway to good, I will attempt to make it practical further on in this blog. But before I do that, I will show how the alternative is worse. The next series of posts will be about regulation.


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