Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.
I think this is such an important quote, and a great phrase to live your life by. Without treating people as well as you possibly can, you have failed your moral obligation to do to others what they wish to be done to them.
People are generally nice to each other (although not always) and we need to be able to be honest with ourselves and get things done the right way. So the next time you get annoyed at the dude who cuts you off at the traffic light, just take a deep breath and remember that he might be going through some issues too.
Lastly, I think this quote is a great reminder that everything will get better, even on your worst days. It’s also a great guideline on how to behave if you’re placed in a difficult situation where you have to make tough decisions.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
This quote is a reminder to treat people equally. This can sometimes be difficult to do, but we have to remember that we all have a moral obligation to help people in need, whether or not you can relate to them.
The world is unjust and all the time there will be people who are suffering through some unbelievable drudgery. We have to be wise to this fact, and remember that we are living in one of the most privileged societies of all time. We again, have a moral duty to treat people who are in circumstances that are less fortunate than ourselves properly and do whatever we can to help them out.
Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.
This famous quote from the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu reminds me every day to keep being honest in my daily conduct. It only takes one slip up to ruin a good reputation, but it takes years of good representation to build up such a good reputation in the first place. We as human beings need to be observant of the fact that this is true, and always uphold honesty in daily routines.
My wife and I have tried to raise our children based on these quotes, simply because it provides a great guideline on how to live their lives in a fulfilling way. How about you?