Be good, and if you can’t be good…

But what does it mean, to be good? It is such a catch-all, and assumes that we must have some inherent knowledge of good. Where does that knowledge come from? How are we supposed to live a ‘good life’? Surely there’s more to it than emulating a British comedy from the 1970s?

I’ve been interested in questioning the whys and why nots about life for as long as I can remember. I was brought up in a Christian household, where we were encouraged to ask questions, about religion as much as anything else. I studied philosophy at university and wrote a thesis on environmental ethics. I’m intrigued with the ideas of guilt and truth and innate feelings of right and wrong, of religious doctrine and atheism and how such differing perspectives within the belief spectrum might be able to find common ground. I wonder about how to balance economics and humanism, development and equality. I ponder about how to find solutions in such a complicated and multifaceted world.

Whether we desire a religious roadmap to show us which path is the right (or the righteous) one, or whether we insist on stories from the Ancients to tell us how to lead our lives in the future: in this complicated world where we connect everyday with others who are so similar yet separate from us, what does it mean to lead a moral life, to tread gently, to do least harm?

I wanted to create a space to ask those questions. Not to ask ‘what would Jesus or Buddha or Queen Victoria do?’, but rather, ‘what should WE do?’. This is a place to look at what is happening around us and think about what role we choose to play. It is a place to discuss and ponder and to always ask why.

It begins, in fact, on a path we’re already taking, whether we stroll or sprint or stumble. There is no guarantee of a direct or even comfortable route, and no doubt there will be detours, potholes and the occasional burnt bridge, but surely that just makes the journey all the more interesting, wouldn’t you say?

So, please — come and walk with me, and let’s enter into conversation.

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