The Pondering Column: Is it a human’s goal in life to make the world a better place?

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By Rigel Baron/Teen Pulse staff

Today marks the sixth edition, of “The Pondering Column.” Here I will discuss, reader questions, regarding morals, philosophy and belief.
Today’s question, asked anonymously is, “Is it ethically incumbent on humans, at the end of their lives, to have made the world a better place or is just doing no damage good enough?”
The question poses several very interesting quandaries. To begin, as the (hopefully) rational beings we are, we can assert almost indubitably that it is ethically wrong to do bad, damage, harm, or anything synonymous with these terms.
However there is a rather protrusive caveat, bad things are often done with good intentions, or with a greater goal in mind.
For example, if a soldier kills an enemy, the act of killing could still be considered wrong, but it is done for a greater good. That would make killing, specifically in this scenario an overall, good act. But which side is doing good and which bad?
Unfortunately, this leads us to the debate over relativity and objectivity.
For the sake of your Sunday morning, and all the trees across the world, we will forgo addressing that portion of this discussion. I digress.
What we can conclude thus far, is that it is most certainly “ethically incumbent” on humans not to do bad.
Here is where the dilemma occurs: Is it a moral necessity for humans to do more good, or simply remain neutral throughout life? Humans are, individually, responsible for having made the world a better place, and while doing no damage is certainly positive, it alone will not suffice.
Dalai Lama once said, “If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.” This brings up an interesting point. Yes, you should do good, but what if you do not have the opportunity to, and for your life you are forced to remain neutral? Well, first, I would ask how a newspaper managed to flutter into your amazingly completely societal isolated hole. Jokes aside, if you are never given the chance to do good, and you are incapable of seeking the opportunity to do good, you cannot be expected to.
All things considered, it is ethically incumbent on humans, at the end of their lives to have made the world a better place.
I would like to thank those who wrote in, and encourage all readers to submit any interesting questions they want answered, pertaining to morals, philosophy, or belief. I may be contacted, by email, at pondercolumnquestions@gmail.com and a friendly reminder that all submissions will be kept anonymous unless asked otherwise.