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Being good is greatness

Posted Jan 13, 2007

Q. What does it mean to be good? -- G.G., Delray Beach

A. I stand firm in my belief that we are inherently good. Alfred Montapert said, "The monument of a great man is not of granite or marble or bronze. It consists of his goodness, his deeds, his love and his compassion."

Becoming a good person is part of the hard, exciting work of life; a work that is always in progress because our goodness has been obscured by indoctrination.

Life's harsh realities can harden the heart, condition the mind and slay the soul.

Unintentionally, our parents, teachers and friends have influenced us to strive for excellence while in effect suppressing our goodness.

Law professor Bill Hing was chosen by his class to speak on graduation day. He said: "We talk too much about excellence. We forget to talk about being good. The meaning of the word was destroyed for us the first time a teacher or parent told us, `Good, better, best, never let it rest, until the good is better and the better is best.'"

Trust and remember that your true nature is good. Strive to cultivate good thoughts about yourself and others.

Recognize that conditioning has influenced your understanding of your innate goodness and seek to be kind, loving, caring, considerate and conscientious.

Albert Einstein reminds us: "True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness."

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