Good Feels Good (Sometimes)

"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad."
-Abraham Lincoln

People have a way of doing what feels right. This idea is pushed heavily in our culture, from Disney-
"Always let your conscience be your guide."
To the furthest corners of the internet.
"Never be ashamed of doing what feels right. Decide what you think is right and stick to it."
-Melchor Lim
Even Star Wars has been penetrated by these ideas.
 "You must do what you feel is right, of course."
-Obi-Wan Kenobi
The obvious assumption is that if something feels right, it is right. However, we must recognize that what's right isn't always what feels good. Sometimes something feels right, but isn't. It is our job to discover these situations where we're simply following our hearts instead of searching for truth.

An example may be found in any situation where two people have conflicting feelings. For this, let's take two Christians discussing the rather controversial topic of homosexuality. Person Amelia feels that we ought to support homosexuals, even if we disagree with them. She feels that we shouldn't make a big deal out of it or make them feel like they're doing something wrong, because this would hurt them. Person Brynn, on the other hand, feels that supporting homosexuals in their behavior would be wrong. She feels that we shouldn't pretend that homosexuality is okay, because doing so would make them feel more comfortable in their sin, which would bring them deeper into spiritual death. She thinks that what's best for them is to help them understand that what they're doing is wrong.

Persons Amelia and Brynn have two opposing feelings pertaining to what is right. Therefore, at least one of them is wrong. Whichever one it is should therefore change her ways- even though it may not feel good or right, she knows that it really is, and that her feelings are mistaken. Another application of this is a hard truth that needs to be told. It doesn't feel right to tell a friend something that will cause them pain. It's difficult, because nobody wants to hurt their friends. But wouldn't it be better to cause them some pain now, to help them avoid further pain in the future? In this case, you must act against what feels right and act on what you know is right.

In our culture, it's common for people to do what feels right. If anybody tries to tell them they're wrong, they fight back. After all, if it feels right, how could it be wrong? But what feels good isn't always what's right. We must look beyond our feelings to see what truly is right, and what truly is wrong.
"Not everything that's right feels good and not everything that feels good is right."
-Constance Chuks Friday

1 comment:

  1. I think the current philosophy is that nice is more important than right. Or -- in the christian world, if it isn't nice, it isn't loving. And we all know that God is love, so niceness is godliness.

    I think that most people I know aren't fully aware that they make this connection because it is all wrapped up in their feelings. Feelings are good and important. They are for feeling. Our minds are for perceiving and reasoning. Some habits are incredibly hard to break. Serious mind-renewal is needed to change this habit.