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Old 03-09-2017   #1
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Are you a good person?

Do you consider yourself a good person? Why?
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Re: Are you a good person?

I'm not sure by what standard I'd even begin to consider such a thing.
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Re: Are you a good person?

I haven't earned Heaven yet, as far as I can tell.

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Re: Are you a good person?

A man who supports women's rights, loves dogs and is openly skeptical of the truth of all religions might be a Good Man in America but a Devil in some Arab countries.
It's not an impossible question to answer truthfully but, as ramonoski implies, it is complex.

You have to have an agreed upon definition of what a good man is. A man who doesn't rob his neighbors, is charitable in his actions,and seeks truth, has characteristics that almost all societies (if not all) recognize as good. By those qualities, I'd say I'm a decent enough guy. But if you dig deeper into qualities that culturally distinguish good from the not so good, it becomes more problematic.
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Re: Are you a good person?

I don't think good and evil exist, but I frequently escape into my own Moominvalley where it is real and prop walls protecting it. I don't like "broadening my horizons".
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Re: Are you a good person?

Hey, this is a Ligotti site.

Are we even a person?

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Hey, this is a Ligotti site.

Are we even a person?
If you read his work carefully and pay attention to his interviews, I consider Thomas Ligotti a good person. He tells the truth about his perception of the world. His perception is devoid of placating delusions, but he empathizes with conscious life.

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Re: Are you a good person?

I prefer some values over others. Granted, I have no strong argument as to why some values are more preferable that others, giving them a delusional character.

For example, arguing there is objective value in minimizing suffering is a delusion, but it's one I personally adopt.

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Re: Are you a good person?

i was of course merely referring, perhaps somewhat facetiously, to our personhood being a mere veneer over the essence of our cosmic nothingness...

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Re: Are you a good person?

I think a better question is can we reconcile normativity with naturalism?
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