What is good? What is bad? What is?

It is strange how our minds label some activities good, and others bad. What is it that makes lying in a sunny park good, and washing dishes bad? Why is a job like coaching tennis preferable to one like picking up rubbish?

When we analyse a so-called bad activity, it is often hard to see exactly what is wrong with it. Consider the movements involved in washing dishes – your hands move around a bit in warm water, maybe they get a little greasy, but what is so bad about that? Or suppose you are halfway home and realize you’ve left your keys at work. On the way back to work, you will probably be cursing, yet the actual activity – whether driving, walking, or sitting on a train – is not so bad at all.

It is natural that some activities will be preferred to others, and if this were not the case then making decisions would be tricky. However, it’s worth remembering, as Shakespeare said, “there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”.

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