A good person isn't an ideal, it's a compromise of ideals. Note, for example, that nearly all the posts above appear to imply that this ideal of a 'good' person is gender-neutral. This reminds me, of course, of the last good person I met.
I was driving out on the interstate and ended up with a flat tire. Normally, I would have just driven a damn car on the shoulder of the road until I got to some place that I could get it fixed, but I was also out of gas. Also, the battery was dead and the radiator was spewing something that could have been steam, but smelled like something else entirely.
I was going to just abandon the car and steal another when a police cruiser rolled up behind me. That was when I met it. It popped out of the cruiser and bounded towards me cheerily, calling in a voice that was either a deep alto or a high tenor, "Anything I can do to help you, mister?"
I frowned, looked at the car and breathed in an acrid fume or two. I smirked at the officer and replied, "Can you make these things fly?"
"I sure can't, but if I could I would!" it said in a cool, consoling voice. "I'll tell you what, though, I'll call a tow truck for you. Do you have insurance?"
"Nope," I admitted. Why the hell would I insure a car that I stole a few hours earlier?
The officer smiled. "No problem. It's a little sketchy, maybe, but I think you can get a tow off of mine, no charge."
So far, I was convinced that this was the the most genuinely good person I had ever met. Eager to be of very limited assistance, always with something to offer and not pushy in any way. I almost felt bad about having broken the law, but not bad enough to try to maneuver myself into finding an opening to manipulate this sap, "Is there anything I can do for you?"
It smiled. "I'm sure I can think of something," it said.
That's when the story really started getting good.
I kind of grindge when I see someone describing someone as a "good" person because we all have our faults n we screw up n we all have inner demons which gets the better of us from time to time..but not to cause conflict ......I would say for me the idea of a good person would besomeone who does the right thing no matter what the stakes are...n stays away from the "popular thing"...Also someone whos honest, trustworthy, reliable, courteous, and someone that encourages n motivates others....Just the person that influences u into remembering them way after their gone.. Just someone that after spending an hour or day with, just encourages you to continue on with life n makes u believe theirs still respectful n admirable people out in the world...
"People often Find out the truth, when its too late!!!"
They exist as humanly defined concepts, not as universal or absolute qualities in the natural universe. If this thread proves anything it is that "Good" and "Evil" are subjective because the perceptions of those concepts change depending upon who you speak to. Each individual holds their own "objective" vision of what those concepts mean based upon their own personal values, but just as people have different values, they have different perspectives of what good and evil are. More than anything, the question of this thread is demonstrating people's values. It's actually kind of fascinating getting that kind of look into people's psyche.
Originally Posted by Brendan
One who understands and accepts the consequences of their actions.
So you can't be good if you don't understand the consequences of your actions?