“Good” people are some of the worst people

Updated on November 6, 2021 in Philosophy
3 on October 24, 2021

I call this hypothesis “Toxic Benevolence” and have a simple analogy to describe it.

If four people arrive at a four-way stop sign and one clearly got there first (having the right of way), but they try to yield to someone out of order (with good intentions), and that person (also having good intentions) yields back, and then they do this back and forth until someone goes, they have done more harm to everybody in the situation than the good they would have created even if they had succeeded immediately.

Essentially, good intentions don’t make you a good person, and will often lead to misguided attempts to be “good” that harm others. Good outcomes of well-considered actions make you a good person.

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2 on November 2, 2021

I don’t understand what you mean but I think that it’s better to take a risk being good than to live being bad. And anyway true “good people” don’t brag about being good

on November 3, 2021

I’m getting at the misunderstanding that many people have. Many people operate with good intentions in ways that ultimately lead to more harm than a socially cautious person.

on November 6, 2021

Ohh, yeah that makes more sense.

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