Ever came across a video showing an act of kindness that went viral? Ever seen a picture depicting one stranger helping another attracting thousand of likes? Or, a talk, perhaps a speech that tells a story of how one helped another risking everything? I bet you have. For sure, they made you emotional, empathetic, and charged-up for a few moments. Not only do those ‘things’ restore one’s faith in ‘humanity’ and make one feel good about it, they also prompt one to the fact that real happiness lies in helping others without expecting anything in return. But, there is something more to it which we often fail to see. The aim of this post is to go a little beyond ‘goodness’ and explore what does ‘celebrating’ goodness signify?

Before getting to the main point of this post, allow me to state that emotions are generally transient and therefore, have a significant but comparatively “less” role to play in the way our society is structured. I do not undermine emotions and feelings among human beings as without these we would be lesser than what we ought to be. However, logic and rationality take us a farther onto the road that leads to creating a world where emotions and feelings are not only transient but also taken care of. In order to understand the preceding statement, we need to explore why we celebrate “goodness”?

There will not be any dispute in acknowledging that we celebrate the things that are not so ordinary. For example, we celebrate the birthday that is once a year, wedding(s) that is once or are the limited number of times in our lifetime, jobs and promotions because that doesn’t happen every day etc. Celebrating goodness, applying the same analogy, means that it is not what generally characterizes human beings or society. In other words, goodness is not the order of the day anymore and the moment we spot it around us, we get so overwhelmed that we end of celebrating it.

The fact that goodness has become so rare should be a matter of grave concern for the society. It should be the rule of our life and not an exception. It is unfortunate that the society and we, the people, have come to terms with the fact that the world, as reflected by our behavior, is a mean and bad place and whenever we spot an act of kindness or goodness we must celebrate it.

In view of the aforementioned, let us try, together and not individually, to make this world a place where good is not celebrated but regarded as a rule and as something that is intrinsic to human beings and every act of meanness and badness is frowned upon with boldness and dealt with.

 

Author Paramjeet Singh Berwal

Paramjeet holds an LL.M. from MIPLC, a union of Max Planck Institute of Innovation and Competition (Germany) and the George Washington University (USA). He is often invited as AI policy making expert. In addition to being a qualified lawyer with an extensive experience, he is an invited lecturer at several universities.