We can destroy so much actual good when we think we’re doing good. Sounds like a paradox—how could doing “good” ever be a bad thing?
Egos that make us feel good about ourselves can do just as much harm as those that are openly negative, and can lead us to commit terrible acts of injustice against others even though on the surface the cause may appear moral and right.
So often there’s a set of pleasing but blinding feelings that accompany doing what we believe to be “good”—an air of being right, a feeling of self-satisfaction, a teary twang of heartstrings, and even a sense of superiority…
Whole organizations, movements, and political ideologies from far left to right, have been formed by those who unconsciously enjoy feeling good about themselves and their own sense of do-gooding.
Holding a good cause like the tenet of some religion, the fanatical tendency to aggressively suppress and attack differing viewpoints follows a do-gooder wherever they go, no matter how much they appear to laud “equality,” “democracy,” and “freedom,” as they blindly stampede through and destroy people’s lives without the intelligence to perceive the real issues at hand.
And sadly, unbeknownst to most who never search beyond the propaganda passed […]