The Greater Good

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In a world increasingly influenced by multiculturalism, pluralism and (seemingly CONTRADICTORY) individualism circumstances may beg the question: What is meant by The term “The greater good”?

If we could eavesdrop on two wise and learned people engaged in a debate about “The Greater Good”  – one from antiquity and one from a possible future – perhaps we may gain some deeper understanding of this concept.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. "Community Hall, promoted by the Little Theater, Fargo, N.D." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 7, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-b9e8-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. “Community Hall, promoted by the Little Theater, Fargo, N.D.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 7, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-b9e8-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Standing on a stage before a group of people from around the world and many different periods of time, are two distinguished representatives about to debate one another on what is meant by the phrase “The Greater Good”?

The representative for the ancients is a man named Manu on the right; the representative for people yet to be extant a woman named Ai on the left; I (James) shall be seated below and in front of them and act as moderator when necessary.

The Beginning.

Moderator:     Ai and Manu you have read the rules for this discussion; if you do not have any questions are you ready to discuss the topic “The Greater Good”?

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Ai:                     Yes.

Manu:              Yes.

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “[Man with white beard wearing beaded necklace and tunic with design of large white bird.]” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e3-0f11-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Moderator:     Manu please tell us about what the term meant to early humans before there were cities, farms or permanent settlements.

Manu:              In those days the created people emerged from the forests and engaged the world; the men hunted or fished as the women and children (able enough to help), gathered seeds, fruit and other small edibles.  All helped manage water use and waste disposal.  These practices constituted the first rules intended to insure survival; they insured all members of the group had the best chance to survive. Survival equaled “The Greater Good” Not adhering to them would certainly lead to death.

Moderator:     Ai in the eras yet to come does this clear concept still ensure survival for the people who live in the future?

Ai:                   “The Greater Good” in the future is the same as “Do what Ever Makes You Happy”.

Moderator:     Manu what kinds of humans suffered punishment and why if they were judged to do things or behave in such a way as to violate the rules jeopardizing survival of the many?

 

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Fort of Kelat-e-Giljee, a chieftain & female of the Giljee tribe & Huzzareh peasants" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-6a37-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Art & Architecture Collection, The New York Public Library. “Fort of Kelat-e-Giljee, a chieftain & female of the Giljee tribe & Huzzareh peasants” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 5, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-6a37-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Manu:              In the earliest days there were no jails or systems to modify or control recalcitrant individuals therefore capital punishment was the norm. Very few violators were punished in less severe ways. Gradually with the advent of larger populations other punishments requiring payment or restitution supplanted capitol remedies.

Ai:                  Allow me: In the future there is no punishment we understand all things are relative so we tolerate all but a very few crimes; the only remedies are control of a violator with substances that modify their behavior or relocate them. We no longer prosecute victimless crime.

Manu:          Excuse me, what kind of life do individuals lead?

Ai:                 Most law-abiding individuals are happy and content; everything is provided from cradle to death (death is only determined by choice of the individual) or they can live perpetually since science prolongs life indefinitely. People try this or that but most settle into a quiet lifestyle enjoying constant virtual reality entertainment.

Manu:          Is there nothing to engage in? No great people of science or leadership?

Ai:               There is no need for any of that.  Machines attend to every conceivable need a person may have. Machines do all the work and people simply seek pleasure and enjoy whatever pleases them.

Manu:         And what about spiritual life, family life, friendly competition, exploration of the universe or altruism?

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Ai:              Those are all things of the past.  There are no needy people; we can explore any imagined world using virtual reality; there is no need for GOD, God or gods we are each a god of our own.  Humans can choose to live perpetually if they want to.

Manu:        What is the average life span in this Utopian future?

Ai:              Life span by choice averages about thirty years of age . . .

Manu:        What!?

Ai:             By that age most people have experienced all the joy they can  and chose to vacate allowing room for a newly emerged individual . . .

Moderator:     Ai and Manu I am sorry because that is all the time we have for today’s debate.  We hope to see you both again and continue with this topic.

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to be continued.

I am not sure what you make think concerning this topic but, I as a follower of Jesus Christ trust Him for my future.

GOD has created us for a purpose that is beyond our selfish selves.  In this life we can be transformed by following HIS precepts; we can be fulfilled; we can know that we have a purpose and a destiny; HE will prepare us for a new future with HIS gift of eternal life that has meaning and fulfillment now and forever more.

Some Bible verses that point the way:
      1. Isaiah 5:20 ESV

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

      1. James 2:14-17 ESV

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

      1. Galatians 6:9 ESV

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

      1. Galatians 5:19-26 ESV

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But https://www.crossway.org/support/esv-bible-permissions/the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, https://www.crossway.org/support/esv-bible-permissions/gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. …

      1. Proverbs 4:27 ESV

Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

  1. Romans 12:21 ESV

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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James Halifko

Author: James Halifko

I am a Baby Boomer with a lot of life's experience to guide me and share with people.

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