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:


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.