A Good Person

I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter much. Far more important is that they be good human beings. The Dali Lama

Timothy James Hollis in What Really Matters by James Hollis:

Ethic

I have always believed in a strong work ethic
but the definition of which is widely different:
I didn’t do well in school;
I have gone job to job,
but what I worked on most,
the only thing I care about,
is being the best human being I can be.

This is in conflict with number crunchers,
those who still believe in a ladder to success.
I failed miserably in all those respects
and have a genuine friend from each of those experiences.

The definitions put forth in this culture, and many others,
work well for those like minded:
for those of us who are centered elsewhere,
it often ends poorly.

I know the routines very well and have performed,
but when I see an antlered buck on the side of the road
or a rock that sparks fascination,
or a grocer who is especially kind,
I feel alive.

Of course we need bridge builders and planners
and those with heart-mind of creating community,
and I think I am not an aberration
but a necessary part.

I do not advocate anyone follow my path:
there is a place, though,
for the mystical, the artists, poets and the like
to stop, for a second, the serious minded
and say, “look.”

Psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote that to save our world we must create the “good person.” He defined the good person as:

The self-evolving person,

The fully human person,

The self-actualizing person….

To become a good person is the work of a life time.

3 thoughts on “A Good Person

  1. Oh, no!! My employer has blocked my access to the rest of your post — so I will have to wait until I get home to read the remaining 267 words. Though your first two sentences sum it up beautifully, I suspect: “I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter much. Far more important is that they be good human beings.” Amen to that!

    • *I have come to the conclusion that whether or not a person is a religious believer does not matter much. Far more important is that they be good human beings.* The Dali Lama

      Timothy James Hollis in *What Really Matters* by James Hollis:

      *Ethic*

      I have always believed in a strong work ethic but the definition of which is widely different: I didn’t do well in school; I have gone job to job, but what I worked on most, the only thing I care about, is being the best human being I can be.

      This is in conflict with number crunchers, those who still believe in a ladder to success. I failed miserably in all those respects and have a genuine friend from each of those experiences.

      The definitions put forth in this culture, and many others, work well for those like minded: for those of us who are centered elsewhere, it often ends poorly.

      I know the routines very well and have performed, but when I see an antlered buck on the side of the road or a rock that sparks fascination, or a grocer who is especially kind, I feel alive.

      Of course we need bridge builders and planners and those with heart-mind of creating community, and I think I am not an aberration but a necessary part.

      I do not advocate anyone follow my path: there is a place, though, for the mystical, the artists, poets and the like to stop, for a second, the serious minded and say, “look.”

      Psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote that to save our world we must create the “good person.” He defined the good person as:

      The self-evolving person,

      The fully human person,

      The self-actualizing person….

      To become a good person is the work of a life time.

      Tom Heuerman Author: “Learning to Live: Essays on Life and Leadership” & “Value Driven Leadership” available at Amazon.com

      *TomHeuerman.Wordpress.Com *

      On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 10:02 AM, Tom's Thoughts wrote:

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      • You are AWESOME, Tom. Thank you! And you’re right: There is a place for the mystical, the artists, the poets — just as there is a place for the cynical and the religious and the serious-minded — so long as we all strive to be fully human and to continue growing for as long as we’re alive.

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