There’s layers to this shit.
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"Good" & "Bad" are subjective concepts
Right & Wrong can be objective
Leave the societal conditioning behind
Go after what's moral
What's aligned with truth & compassion
What gives way to light
If following the rules, standards, or expectations from your family, culture, or world will lead you further away from what's right; be a rebel.
Better to stand alone in the light of love than be applauded for living amongst the dark.
Often our world tells us that for doing something "wrong"
we're "a good girl"
And sometimes for doing something "right"
We're told we're "a bad boy"
Often when we're innocent
We're told we're guilty
Often when we're guilty
We're told we're innocent
This is how and why some people can do evil acts and feel fine.
Many nazis felt like what they were doing was "good"... because the authority figures, friends, family, and culture around them used propaganda, forms of manipulation, and the reward of belonging to entice them into shucking off their moral compass & committing heinous acts of violence.
Right now... people who are racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, even people carrying out genocides, etc,
might feel like what they're doing & what they believe is "good"...
Because it comes with the reward of "belonging"
They probably grew up in a system (family, society, culture, world) that subliminally asked them to obey the wrong rules.
Their whole lives they were conditioned to believe, think, feel, & act on those wrong rules and impulses.
They were also probably positively reinforced by their parents, friends, teachers, preachers, authority figures etc.
They were rewarded when they agreed with the status quo and they were punished & outcasted when they tried sticking up for what they knew in their hearts was right.
You have to have a certain amount of personal integrity and courage to care more about what's moral, compassionate, and right and care less about being rewarded with belonging in order to do what's right in a world that asks you to do wrong.
Even if you believe that it's better to stand alone than to belong to a clan doing harm, it still takes a