Holier than thou?


Ned Flanders, the American model neighbour in The Simpsons.

No. You’re not a better person just because you put the focus on good deeds and actions at all times. 

What does “being a good person” mean, anyways? It’s all a matter of circumstances, and circumstances make you practical, not good or bad.

Ironically, in religious terms, the obsession with virtue might be the highest form of selfishness and arrogance. A capital sin, to sum up. An a sin that leads to a guilty feeling, probably the most useless emotion ever created (Christianity and Catholicism can be indeed twisted forms of faith).

Likewise, you do not become a better person for repeatedly punishing yourself for your bad deeds and thoughts. 

It might be better to risk it and be confronted, not by God or The Hades in the Final Judgement Day, but by real people who’ve been ofended by you in the everyday life. That’s how you actually learn to be a so called “good person”.

And also by forgiving yourself. Oh, wait: if you’re not guilty, if you’re actually no sinner, why would you need any forgiveness? But it’s true actually that we all need to treat ourselves a little more compassionately.

Even Jesus himself kept it quite simple: “Go and sin no more.” Case filed. Move on.