How many times have you been told to “be good”? Especially as a kid. We grow up thinking that conforming to this often vague concept is the pinnacle of human development. At the very least, conformity usually avoids negative consequences. But let’s face it, something inside us hates being good. We hate conforming. Yes, human (sin) nature plays a part, but I don’t think that’s always the strongest factor at play.
What if our drift away from “good” also represents a healthy desire to distinguish ourselves?
A desire to break free from the enormous bubble of mediocrity. Misguided, desire can lead to the break down of morality. But what if we harness it? Certainly the desire to be unique can drive us toward something other than “bad”.
So much energy can be spent on trying to be good that we never stop to consider becoming great!
I’m guilty of using “be good” language on my kids, and on myself for that matter. I’m trying to change that. Plenty of modern evidence points toward the benefit of pursuing greatness as opposed to just the avoidance of wrong doing. A more efficient use of energy? A better strategy for success? It’s a slight play on words, but an interesting shift in how we might think about the good, the bad, and the great.
Agree? Disagree? How have you seen this play out in your life? I’d love to hear your story!