Let’s make good more doable

Ok look. We all want to be good people. We might not know it of ourselves and we might not trust this to be true for others, but let’s assume this to be true for the moment. At the same time, it is not hard to see how there is a lot of bad happening in the world. Even our own actions are probably not always good. So how is this possible if people want to be good? We cannot want to do good and do bad at the same time, now can we?

What if despite our motivation to be good, it is simply too hard to always follow through? What if good is too hard to always put into practice? Imagine if we could reduce the effort to do the right thing, making it a lot more doable to be who we want to be: good people.

Good is currently too hard, but with some help everyone can achieve it

The mission of this project is to remove any barriers that might stand in the way between us and good, and provide practical tools to make our attempts to do good more effective. We invite everybody who wants to be a good person, employee or citizen to join this project’s mission to make good more doable. Especially those of us who are professionally responsible to help others be good, like policy makers, compliance officers, ethics & integrity experts, lawyers, judges, police or politicians are invited to join the movement.

A pathway to good

So, let’s break down what steps it would take to ultimately be able to say we are good people. So, the endgame is to be good, but how can we become that? To become good, we will have to do good at least most of the time. This might sound easy, but in order to do good, we will first need to agree what good is. After all, if we don’t know what good is, it is impossible to achieve it. We are inclined to rely on our intuition about what good is, but to really agree on good, we would need to either use the power of numbers to calculate good, or to use the power of words to reason good. Not an easy step, as so far, we have not managed to make good measurable, and our moral vocabulary and grammar not very helpful either.

There is a logical process to being good

Next, in order to reason our way towards what is good, we need to understand good to the extent that we are able to talk about it. Understanding the things that contribute to us being good is essential to us achieving our ambition to be good people, and help others to do the same. Before we understand it, obviously we would need to recognise good first. If we cannot see it, we cannot talk about it. Luckily, we inherently have a moral intuition, so there is good hope, we all have the trigger necessary to start the sequence of steps necessary to become good.

The aim of this project is to discuss and invent how each of these steps can be made less cumbersome, or even easier, making it more likely for us to advance to the next step towards being good people.

What is good?

Good is a word we often use, but do we really know what it means? Because it is so common, we never really ask ourselves this question. If asked, we will all say that we want to be good, but can we really strive for it if it’s not entirely clear what we mean by it.