What are the qualities of a good person?
Let us eliminate some factors
Education, genetics, political affiliation, and financial status do not determine the good qualities of a person
Possible factors influencing the quality of a good person:
Anger, arrogance, greed, laziness, self love, close mind, and religion.
Let us look at each factor individually.
Anger is definitely not a quality of a good person. Anger may be placed under arrogance. Without arrogance, there cannot be anger.
Arrogance is a belief that one is better than another. This is not a quality of a good person.
Greed includes miserliness, covetousness. It is a state of mind that desires wealth or power without concern about others. Greed is not a quality of a good person.
Laziness is not a quality of a good person. Laziness can be placed under the category of self-love. The lazy person only thinks about himself or herself.
Self-love is not a quality of a good person.
Close minded is not a quality of a good person. One must have understanding.
Religion can be a quality of a good person. See below. is a quality of a good person. One must be able to understand what is happening.
Does religion play a part in the quality of a good person? There are many people in this world that have all the qualities of a good person that are void of any religion. There are also people who are religious but lack most of the qualities of a good person. But there are people that are religious and have qualities of a good person also. Religion is not a prerequisite for a good person; but it may be a path to obtain the good qualities.
In summary, a good person must not have anger, greed, and self love. He or she must have an open mind.
Let us study the religions that support these good qualities, and find out what they teach. From my perspective, I can only tell you about our religion. We believe that suffering exist in the world because of the path of the mistaken mind. These paths are greed, arrogance, and self-love. These are all the qualities that a good person should not have.
It is difficult for the average person to eliminate these bad qualities from our minds. Sometimes we are not even aware that we have these bad qualities. This is why we have our special prayer asking God to help us eliminate these evils from our minds.
“Evil sweeping, save us please, Universal Saving God”
With the acceptance of God’s guidance, we will be able to attain the good qualities and live a joyous life.
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