Fri. Mar 1st, 2024

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?

By Ana Grarian

50+ hippy chick from NY - STATE - and yes, I'm sensitive about that.

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Glenn Carella
Glenn Carella
11 years ago

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!

Ken Carman
11 years ago

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.

Ken Carman
Reply to  Ken Carman
11 years ago

Now, for giggles and chuckles, a typo had this as “give peach a chance,” which of course is whole new, and fruity, discussion!

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