This question of becoming a better person is incredibly open-ended. Therefore, many definitions of how we identify as a “better person” are often not even worth considering the question. For example, you could qualify as a better person based on your contributions to society, your treatment of your loved ones, your moral code, and many more factors. Today, we’ll discuss the so-called superior person’s traits and actions. We’ll be looking through research and debates that discuss this conundrum, including but not limited to scientific and opinionated rhetoric. However, it should be said that my own rhetoric throughout this blog will be opinionated based on the evidence currently at hand.
Now that we’ve gotten introductions out of the way, let’s dive in.
Empathy. One of the most vulnerable, beautiful, and potent emotions is empathy. Morality and ethical conundrums cannot be solved without putting ourselves in the shoes of the affected people. Imagine the same railroad scenario from earlier. Envision yourself as a separate construction worker watching a train flying towards your coworkers, only to have the train conductor turn around and kill at the last second. Imagine the thought process that happens last second in that worker’s mind as he realizes you chose to kill him. This is genuine empathy.
How does empathy make us better humans? Simple research shows that more empathic people are generally lovely, well-liked, graceful around other people, and usually quite generous. Empathy isn’t always a positive emotion, however. Often, it’s misused to understand how a person feels and used as a weapon. Moreover, empathy doesn’t mean someone is good, but generally, a reasonable person must be empathic. Every rectangle is a square, but not every square is a rectangle.
Open-Minded. A reasonable person must be able to open their mind to other perspectives. Despite whatever their own moral or ethical code dictates, they must be able to see past this and accept that different views exist besides their own.
All too often, we see people who claim there is an ultimate way of living. The Way of The Superior Man and the many different pieces of content that reflect the statements written in the book. While it is excellent for self-help, it is not necessarily the ultimate way to live. Think about how boring life would be if we were all the same. Imagine your best friends, lover, and family all being exactly the same as you, besides some minute differences. It would be a pretty dull life, huh?
A truly well-liked person is open-minded and accepts people just as they are, so long as they don’t harm others.
By opening up your mind to your fellow companion and respecting their opinion and self just as they are, you are actively helping to impact the people around you. You make society a better place by accepting those who are rejected by others. The more open-minded you are, the likelier it is that you’re quite an amazing person.
3. You Improve Bad Situations
You make sad occasions happy. This one may be controversial. Weirdly enough, there seems to be a sort of hatred against optimistic personalities in the modern era. For some reason, actively trying to make situations better often backfires in the world today. I, as my pure opinion stands, think this is truly saddening.
Moving on from my rant, this personality trait is often seen in the more well-liked people of the modern day despite the constant hatred they receive online from social media. The ability to pick your friend up after a heartbreak and go to a movie theater to cheer them up is entirely selfless and reflects in the person’s viewpoint on you. To pick people up at their worst, make them happy, maybe even more comfortable than before, and nourish them is a blessing in which the people that bestow it are eternally graceful.
Okay, that’s the end of the scientific portion. You’re free to leave if you don’t wish to hear the opinionated debates. However, that’s what we’ll be diving into:
Insightful. There’s nothing more helpful than someone who can genuinely provide advice for every part of your life. In addition, there is nothing more graceful than bestowing everything you have learned to help someone with aspects of their life. A genuinely benevolent person has insights into many topics and can advise others of many different struggles.
Warm. People who are often cold, indirect, and mistrusting aren’t nearly as embraced as those who are friendly towards their companions. This is not saying, however, that cold people are bad people. Not at all. Among the best and friendliest people I know are often cold or shy at first. However, we are discussing how to make the best impact on others and thus be the most moral person we can be.
Finally, they recognize their own privilege and actively give back. Nearly everybody reading this blog is privileged in one way or another. This isn’t to say their lives are perfect, but instead, they have an advantage over many others in their current position. However, very few are willing to give back what life has given them.
This was more wordy and long than most of my posts. For that, I apologize. However, if you got the main points that’s all that matters. We become good people by being positive. We understand our brothers and sisters lives. In addition, we improve everyone around us. A truly good person works to make others just as happy as them. That is how we become good people. Not by becoming a lone wolf. Not by ignoring others in need. We make a good contribution to our society. If you want to learn more, here’s a couple of good sites to check out: