Speaking of bad, Mr. Webster, that is really a bad definition.
Truth is, something can be very high quality and still be bad. And we also have to consider what is generally bad versus what is bad for the human race.
General badness, if you’ll pardon my phrasing, is pretty obvious. Noticing that something is defective usually requires only the cooperation of the eyeballs.
But what is bad for the human race demands that we use wisdom while applying a sense of history.
So I will tell you right now, there are three things that are bad for human beings: anything that kills, steals or destroys.
I don’t care how high its quality may be or how much pedigree it may carry or whether we really enjoy it–it ultimately is bad.
That would include some things we deem to be good.
No one would consider it bad to be religious, but religion has certainly done its share of killing, stealing and destroying.
You would receive great criticism if you suggested that culture is a bad thing, but every day of the week culture is used as a motivation to kill, steal and destroy.
So what does it mean to:
- Kill: Taking that which is living or is headed for life and terminating it.
- Steal: Removing from someone’s possession a gift, attribute or portion that belongs to them.
- Destroy: Eliminating something that has been accomplished and bringing it to nothing.
So I find bad things in religion, politics, entertainment and even in what we consider to be patriotism.
Bad often arrives with a promise of innovation and good quality–but it takes innovative people with a good quality outlook on life to identify the bad … before it kills, steals and destroys.
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