good vs evil


Chinese charater for good


The angry god that arose in early civilizations
is also linked to the concept of good
and evil and the concept of sin.

The grain is good, the weeds evil.

The bees are good, the locusts evil.

The sheep are good, the wolves evil.

Technology overcomes nature by
promoting good and controlling evil.

As for nature, so also for human nature.

The self is divided into two parts, a good part and a evil part, the latter of which we try to overcome with the technologies of fire."
- Charles Eisenstein

"When the State enjoins something good, it undoes and spoils it precisely because the latter comes in the form of a command, and because every command provokes and arouses the legitimate revolt of freedom; and also because, from the point of view of true morality, of human and not divine morality, the good which is done by command from above ceases to be good and thereby becomes evil. Liberty, morality, and the humane dignity of man consist precisely in that man does good not because he is ordered to do so, but because he conceives it, wants it, and loves it."
- Mikhail Bakunin

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly,
while bad people will find a way around the laws." – Plato

Good is defined as:


The real truth.

Valid or true.

Genuine; real.

Reliable; sure.

Of high quality.


Loyal; staunch.

Benevolent categorically.

Morally admirable.

Ample; substantial.

Competent; skilled.

Pleasant; enjoyable.

Of moral excellence.

Complete; thorough.

Capable of pleasing.

Propitious; favorable.

Attractive; handsome.

Agreeable or pleasing.

Appealing to the mind.

Superior to the average.

Socially correct; proper.

Well-behaved; obedient.

Able to pay or contribute.

Fair; honorable; unsullied.

Admirable; commendable.

In excellent condition; sound.

Worthy of respect; honorable.

Of moral excellence; upright.

Beneficial to health; salutary.

Possessing desirable qualities.

In excellent physical condition.

Deserving of esteem and respect.

Promoting or enhancing well-being.

Able to elicit a specified reaction.

Adapted to answer the end designed.

Able to continue in a specified activity.

Adequate; sufficient; competent; sound.

Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy.

With or in a close or intimate relationship.

Promoting success, welfare, or happiness.

Feeling healthy and free of aches and pains.

Most suitable or right for a particular purpose.

Having pecuniary ability; of unimpaired credit.

Having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude.

Being positive or desirable in nature; not bad or poor.

Not small, insignificant, or of no account; considerable.

Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon.

Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious.

Used to form exclamatory phrases expressing surprise or dismay.

Having the qualities that are desirable or distinguishing in a particular thing.

Advancement of interest or happiness; welfare; prosperity; advantage; benefit.

Landing within bounds or within a particular area of a court and therefore in play.

In a commercial sense, to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred.

Not fallacious, bad, corrupt, spoiled, ruined, evil, blemished, noxious, offensive, deficient.

Used formerly to refer to the American government grade of meat higher than "standard" and lower than "choice".

That which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness and is humane, merciful, gracious, polite, propitious, friendly.

"A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it." - Brigham Young

"You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good."
- Harold Pinter, winner of 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature


"The use of the word "goods" to denote the salable products of human activity reveals some very deep assumptions.

First, harking back to agriculture, it suggests that goodness comes from human manipulation of nature and not from nature itself. A good is something produced, extracted from its original place in the ground, the water, or the forest and then subjected to other forms of processing. Unimproved, nature is not good. Oil in the ground or a forest left standing are invisible to economic accounting: they are not yet "goods", just as unpaid mothering is not yet a "service".

A second implication is that if something is good, it can be assigned a price—commoditized, bought, and sold. Got that? Our definition of a "good" is that it is exchanged for money.

Money = Good.

That some good things are not yet commodities merely means that the conversion of social, cultural, spiritual, and natural capital is not yet complete—good news for anyone but an economist. From the economist's point of view, the equation of economic growth with more and more "goods" adds a note of moral imperative to the quest for economic growth." - Charles Eisenstein

the religion of statism

the State

"The state then is the most flagrant negation, the most cynical and complete negation of humanity. It rends apart the universal solidarity of all men upon earth, and it unites some of them only in order to destroy, conquer, and enslave all the rest. It takes under its protection only its own citizens, and it recognizes human right, humanity, and civilization only within the confines of its own boundaries. And since it does not recognize any right outside of its own confines, it quite logically arrogated to itself the right to treat with the most ferocious inhumanity all the foreign populations whom it can pillage, exterminate, or subordinate to its will. If it displays generosity or humanity toward them, it does it in no case out of any sense of duty: and that is because it has no duty but to itself, and toward those of its members who formed it by an act of free agreement, who continue constituting it on the same free bases, or, as it happens in the long run, have become its subjects.

Every State, whether it is of a federative or a non-federative character, must seek, under the penalty of utter ruin, to become the most powerful of States. It has to devour others in order not to be devoured in turn, to conquer in order not to be conquered, to enslave in order not to be enslaved - for two similar and at the same time alien powers, cannot co-exist without destroying each other." - Mikhail Bakunin

"No one, and least of all those who are concerned with reform, will maintain that the human race has as yet reached the Promised Land. The evidence is all against it. Man has done a lot in accumulating a knowledge of things in general, but he seems incapable of ridding himself of the need of a golden calf. He still yearns for "gods which will go before us," gods that are uninhibited by the laws of nature, gods that are accountable only to our appetites, gods that speak not of consequences or the long run. In that respect we are like the Jews in the wilderness.

Witness the pervasive religion of our times, the worship of the State.

Is not the State an idol?

Is it not like any graven image into which men have read supernatural powers and superhuman capacities?

The State can feed us when we are hungry, heal us when we are ill; it can raise wages and lower prices, even at the same time; it can educate our children without cost; it can provide us against the contingencies of old age and amuse us when we are bored; it can give us electricity by passing laws and improve the game of baseball by regulation.

What cannot the State do for us if only we have faith in it? And we have faith.

No creed in the history of the world ever captured the hearts and minds of men as has the modern creed of Statism. Men may differ in their rituals, they may call themselves Americans, Englishmen or Russians (New Dealers, Socialists or Communists), but in their adherence to the doctrine of the omnipotence of the State they are as one. It is the universal religion. There may be some who maintain the State is a false god, that it is powerless in the face of natural law, incapable of doing anything the individual cannot do for himself, and is in fact a hindrance to man in his effort toward self-improvement; but such dissidents from the norm are few indeed.

From New York to Moscow to Peiping, and all way stations between, men pay homage to the State. It is a universal passion equal in intensity, but much larger in scope, to the spirit of the Crusades.

As for the substance of this religion of Statism, the absolute upon which its theology is based, it is that political power can do anything. There is no limitation upon its scope, except a contrary and more potent political power.

Of a certainty, say its theologians, there are no "natural laws" to hamstring the State; that is a well-exploded myth of the dark ages. We have seen, they declare, how through the use of force every so-called immutable consequential relationship has been made mutable and inconsequential. All things are relative. There are no certainties, either in the nature of man or the nature of the world.

In fact, there is no nature.

Whatever men set their hearts on doing that will be done, provided only that they put their collective powers to the job. And whatever the collective powers of men accomplish, that is "good," simply because it "works."

The religion of Statism is thoroughly pragmatic; sufficient unto the day is the accomplishment thereof.

Lysander Spooner

The State is the true god, its votaries maintain, because it is immortal.
Men come and go, the State lives on.

The priesthood who tend it may be Republicans or Democrats or what-not; the State outlasts them all. It is self-sufficient because it is sovereign, omniscient because it has an intelligence superior to the combined intelligence of all men, beyond censure because its morality transcends that by which mere man lives. It is not a social contract, not the product of a body of laws which men make and unmake. It can say, as the God of the Bible said of Himself: "I Am."

Yet, the State does not say that, or anything else, for it is in fact only a golden calf. We who worship the fiction endow it with superhuman gifts and capacities by merely demanding of it accomplishments that presuppose such gifts and capacities.

It is good because we want it to be.

Out of the fervency of our prayers comes the State.

Were we to take the trouble to examine the product of our imagination, we would find the State to be only a body of men who, taking advantage of our weakness, make the best of it. They promise; because of our self-deception, we do not question their ability to make good; nor do we take notice of the contingent clause accompanying the promise, that we give them power over our persons and our property.

Because they are human, because they, too, are incapable of defying or circumventing the laws of nature, they cannot do for us what we cannot do for ourselves, and their promise is never fulfilled; but, the power they have acquired is not relinquished. Thus, the State consists of a body of men who, by virtue of our need for a golden calf, acquire the power to compel us to do what we do not want to do." - Frank Chodorov
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