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Re: Your thoughts on goodness and otherwise... Penny

Posted by Eddie Sylvano on August 26, 2003, at 16:09:48

In reply to Your thoughts on goodness and otherwise..., posted by Penny on August 26, 2003, at 9:44:40

> Do you feel you are a "good" person? Or do you feel that if someone *really* knew you, they wouldn't think you are a good person (reinforced by the fact that people you think *really* know you don't like who you are)?

Of all the Internet boards, it's most relevant here to mention that self recrimination is a common symptom of depression. I only mention this obvious fact because it was such a feeling that alerted me to my own growing depression recently. Now, I don't have the answer to such a metaphysical question as "what makes for a good person", but I think that you can judge the quality of your own discrete actions by the quick mental exercise of "how would I feel about a stranger who did the same thing?" If you wouldn't castigate the person for such an act, why should you do this to yourself? I argue that you don't choose to, your depressed brain does (of course, I would argue that you don't choose *anything*, but that's another diatribe).
Long story short, if you follow the golden rule, you're doing fine.




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