Famous quote from Hamlet, and Shakespear: “Nothing is either right or wrong, but thinking makes it so…”
Years ago, I used to have a high self-consciousness about self: “Am I consistently a good person, or bad person?”,
Then I wondered about people around me: “Is he/she a good one, or a bad one?”
Assuming a good person is someone does good things, consistently. This was the people definition in my universe – like “econ” in Richard Thaler’s world. It was just fantasy.
Found out, the cliche remains so true. Human, basically is an inconsistent being – many philosophers and historians could say that. And the consequences of actions by human are all set by “thinking” – could be right with this context, but wrong with other.
Some historical figures:
He was a doctor, an idealist – a man who dedicated his whole life for those who were suffering by the hungry capitalism, and a national hero.
On the other hand,
He was ruthless, racist; a mass killer.
His name is Che Guevara.
She was made saint, received a Peace Nobel price, helped build thousands of medical centers in India and around the globe; her organization raised billions of dollar for charity.
On the other hand,
Doctors described her medical centers as “homes for the dying”, only 7% of the money donation to her charity went to the beneficiaries. And she was also an anti-abortion extremist.
Her name is Mother Teresa.
He is a young, kind of genius. He and his company are connecting billions of people via their products. He is advocating free internet access right for everyone.
One the other hand,
He stole the initial product idea from other friends and made this himself; even didn’t recognize at first what its vision should be. He then sued some locals along with his new purchase of a private island land – but had to drop the case when the public cried out.
This young lad is Make Zuckerberg, founder/CEO of Facebook, famously quoted “You can be unethical and still be legal; that’s the way I live my life.”
03 figure examples are all famous and being patronized by people through generations. Other criticize them and their actions. Right or Wrong, just a matter of thinking, belief and perception.
Now I have been also relieved to accept this fact…