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Good VS. Bad How to decide who's right and who's wrong, who's good and who's bad ?
Aug 6, 2008 11:53 AM
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If u live in Riyadh and ur friends/superiors think u r a good, reliable person 'cos, among other things, u don't look at ur interlocutors immediately in the eye (as an act of respect), pple living in New York may probably think u r unfriendly and insecure when u avoid eye contact.
    What was accepted as good behavior in the past in some countries, like wearing the scarf or "Hijab" for a woman is now synonymous of  "extremist" and dangerous behavior. Knowing that somebody is a communist wouldn't be much of a worry now but it could easily lead to great apprehension during the McCarthy era in the States.
So as I said in the beginning, who/what is good and who/what is bad is relative. It depends on various factors like society, politics, economy, history, religion or absence of religion, etc..
August 7, 2008
Who/What is good and who/what is bad is a matter of who u are, where u live and when u are living.      For a Christian, a good person is probably someone who has faith in the Bible and goes to the Church every Sunday. For a Muslim, a good person would be someone who prays and reads the Quran. For an employer (some of them, at least), a good person is someone who  is ready to work  for long hours without asking for a raise  or complain about bad conditions. For the governor (some of them, at least), a good person is rather someone who abides by the law and never questions its validity.
August 7, 2008
I agree with you Harre on this  . Well , i think that we all try to consider ourselves as normal ,and then everyone beginsto comapre between others actions and our definitions ,so most of the time you'll find ourselves puzzled and estonished sometimes if we are in a totaly different sociaty . And as result , it comes the question : Does it mean that we are wrong if we have different view point ? because sometimes i really find myself  Going against the main stream , and in the end i discover that i was right , and sometimes not .
August 7, 2008

according the sixth sense, actually your decision is basis on some factors: Education you accept, environment, the people in your around, these things will infulence your decision.

August 7, 2008
It's also different when it's money in someone's wallet. Then it suddenly gets personal and you don't do to others what you don't want them to do to you. When you find money it's not personal and you won't have any empathy.

Another issue is the fact that people who normally would never kill, are suddenly able to kill when they're in the army. I guess it's the prospect of having to fight against an enemy that wants to kill you. (Which basically is what war is about, innit?) Therefore they can lose their empathy because the other party does what you don't them to do to you, so you can punishm them by behaving in the same way. Another thing might be that army generals try to portray the enemy as non-human, therefore taking away the barrier of empathy.

A slightly less lethal example: When someone, who normally would never hit anyone, is slapped, that person might drop his former attitude and actually hit back.
August 7, 2008
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