Just some thoughts on goodness as I have seen it.
What is Good? No seriously, what makes Batman good and the Joker bad? What about you and me? What did it mean when we were little and we were told to be good boys and girls? Bad would commonly be known as sin. It is easy to look in the book of Moses and see the ten commandments. From what I can tell though, good is subjective.
When confronted with that reality, people jump to the worst possible thing in their minds, murder, and spout that of course killing someone is bad. What about animals? Is killing an animal bad? The ten commandments say “thou shalt not kill” but it does not specify which lives this applies to. It is arguable that the life of a cow or a pig is not worth the life of a human. But the meat you buy at a grocery store, where did it come from, how did it live, was it raised and slaughtered humanely and how quickly after eating its flesh do you forget its sacrifice and loss? I digress and my point is not to argue animal rights as my substandard peace with the meat industry is an acceptance that I am contributing to a problem and if a veagan called my stomach a carnist grave yard, I would probably agree. The point I want to stress that black and white are not as they seem.
To call one action good and another bad makes assumptions of the actor, the narrator, and the audience. For instance, how many times have you heard of someone “being bad” when they have a slice of pizza or cake instead of plain chicken breast and a side salad? Both chocolate cake and murder have been called bad or even evil, but clearly, there is no abomination done to humanity in enjoying a slice of cake unless you think dietary sins are greater than moral sins. Hell, you could eat an entire cake all by yourself and not be as “bad” as if you killed a person.
But where is the line drawn?