Why Do We Tag Things And Actions With The Good The Bad And The Ugly?

(Last Updated On: March 28, 2017)

The Good The Bad And The Ugly

The Good The Bad And The Ugly

No, I am not talking about the movie with the same name. I am just talking about things and actions taking place around us. Assigning the good the bad and the ugly tags to everything and every action concerning us has turned us into highly opinionated people.

It makes us look at them all with a preconceived notion.

Where do these notions come from?

They are all a part of our value system.

They had been deeply ingrained in our mindset by all the adults who played their roles in bringing us up from a toddler to an adult. These were our parents, our teachers, our friends, our neighbors and everyone else we ever came in contact with.

It colors our perception!

It colors our perception with a bias either in favor of or else against them.

We stop perceiving things spontaneously with the intelligence of curious observation which is a very dynamic faculty in our in our perceptive system.

But our conditioning invariably makes us lose our dynamism. Our perception turns absolutely static turning things and actions very monotonous to look at.

We start talking in terms of mongering slogans in their favor or against them rather than understanding why we are branding them as the good the bad and the ugly.

We need to challenge our notions.

But if someone goes ahead to reassess these notions, we turn very critical toward them, branding them as anti-social people.

Things and actions cannot always be categorized permanently as the good the bad and the ugly as such. It’s our interaction with them that makes us feel good, bad or terrible at that particular moment. The very next interaction with the same thing or with the same action may make us feel just the opposite.

Let’s take an example:

We all agree that cruelty towards animals is an ugly thing and highly appreciate the society for prevention of cruelty toward animals doing something really good, but then it’s we who are the ones that consume the flesh of all other kinds of animals in our breakfast, lunch and dinner without ever feeling even a tinge of ugliness about it.

Are we hypocrites or are we dunderheads?

We all have double standards when it comes to defining and branding the good the bad and the ugly.

And we are not even bothered about the contradictions that are so obvious in our actions!

Let’s take another example:

We all agree that violence is not a good thing, it’s bad… rather ugly. And then we raise armies, declare wars, kill soldiers on both sides of it and then reward the ones who killed the maximum number of people with gallantry awards.

Are we warriors or are we crazy?

We need to redefine our concepts of the good the bad and the ugly in a way that does not harbor any contradictions in it. We also need to reexamine our motives and our intentions behind tagging and branding things and actions as the good the bad and the ugly.

Let’s take our first step now…

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