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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 out to us on platters, they’ve also been formed and infiltrated by those who manipulate do-gooders, like silly little puppets, to create a smiling, benevolent mask that hides the faces of those who don’t like good at all—who instead revel in the uncomprehending destruction as the masterminds of true evil.

Those innocent people, cultures, countries, and civilizations, so unjustly harmed by so-called “good causes” face speaking out against a tidal wave of sappy, moral grandstanding, whose emotive self-righteousness leaves the opposition booed off en-mass as the “baddie”; that’s why it’s the ultimate tool of oppression, and a favorite go-to of evil.

The markers of real good are universal principles, and without knowing them, we can easily guide our steps by what makes us feel good, rather than understanding what’s real good.

For example, giving charity to criminals can feel good though it aids and abets further crimes, just like forcibly taking what rightfully belongs to one in order to give it to another who appears in greater need, or in the name of peace suppressing the right to defense of a persecuted people who’ve been left with no other choice, and in the name of ideals and tolerance forcing whole countries and communities to live with those who threaten their very survival.

Doing what we think is good can make us feel really good–about ourselves. But that sense of feeling good can actually blind us to responding intelligently to reality, and even lead those with good intentions to break some of the most fundamental cosmic laws, and commit some of the most devastating crimes.

Instead, real clarity, intelligence, and discernment, coming from a space of consciousness and not “good” egos, are needed to navigate through life, as otherwise it’s too easy to become just another unconscious agent of the look good, feel good, but no good, agendas of darkness.