If you had the opportunity to choose, how would you choose to be born…
naturally good, or naturally popular?
Now – I am not claiming that these are mutually exclusive, and I have no idea why these thoughts get stuck in my head in the wee hours of the morning. Certainly good people can have winning personalities, and a popular people can also be good people. But in this scenario, you only get a guarantee of one. If you’re popular, you may find it a struggle to be good, perhaps you won’t even entertain that struggle. If you choose to have an innate ability to choose right over wrong, you might find yourself despised. Which would you choose?
If one’s “goodness” is being kept to oneself then who cares?
That said, the strokes presented here are really broad (as you cautioned), and further comments may go in an unintended direction.
Why would “popularity” preclude proper behavior. Think Dolly Parton vs. Amy Winehouse. Both very popular but with different results.
Be well, Joyce!
The problem with this is they are relative terms. A matter of opinion. Aztecs thought it “good” if a citizen let themselves be sacrificed. Some think arresting someone wearing a shirt with “give peace a chance” who refuses to take off because it’s a time of war a “good thing.” In our discussion about how we handle bullies and disagreeable discourse is a disagreement of what’s “good:” what may resolve the situation in the long run, or not. “Popular” is also relative to the times and where you are.
Essentially there’s no good answer here, except to do what one thinks is right, unless doing that prevents you from becoming so unpopular you’re taken out of the game, for lack of a better term, permanently.
Now, for giggles and chuckles, a typo had this as “give peach a chance,” which of course is whole new, and fruity, discussion!
I was thinking in personal terms. I would rather be innately good – as in – I would prefer not to wrestle so much with myself as to what is the right thing to do. I would like to be more sure of myself.
Now,I’ve never been popular, so I wouldn’t miss that.
And yes, good AND popular might be most desirable, but I wanted the choice issue for discussion. I do not consider them mutually exclusive.