The Bad Good

‏The Bad Good

By Gabriel Akhabue Iruobe


Good is the quality of wellness, soundness, correctness and acceptableness and behaviours that enhances coexistence, stimulate affection, compel moderation, instill consideration, attract pity, kindness, fulfillment, stability, productiveness, adequacy, consistency, resourcefulness etc. Morally speaking it is the triumph of desirables over it’s deficits.

Good is a good issue or commodity, for most times until soiled by “wrong methods or strategies, wrong timing, wrong timing, for arriving at certain good.
The good that is done with the intention of “the end justifies the mean” is a good not properly derived. True good is one that exalts methods over result. Thus, no matter how glorious some good can seem, if the method for arriving at it is faulty, it cannot be a good good. That means it is a bad good; a weak or poor good. In contract, if a method of arriving at a good is both “praise worthy” as well as “productivity guaranteed” or “ends commendable”, such a good done is good good.

In the same vein, when the method or strategy for good creation is flawed, just like the ends are, such situation is a bad bad or worse bad.

A Christian who loves to help a fellow Christian in a wrong way is doing a bad good. E.g. ‘helping him/her to sitting in an exam. The intention is right but the strategy is wrong. He cannot love wrong method and go for the goals. The goals do not make the football match. The playing is important.

Therefore, let him that thinks he stands take heed, lest he falls.

We must also seek not to help God do what he is supposed to be doing for us. We should desist from planning out how “good” should happen when we adjudge Him to be slow. Slow and steady they say, wins the race.

About Gabriel Iruobe

I have a background in Sociology from the University of Ibadan. Although, an industrial sociologist, my interest in rural societies have grown over the years. The sociological insight gained in my school days have had me define development in a fashion slightly different from an orthodox orientation. Studying or researching on rural life is quite easy for me since I spent my early life in a rural setting, viewing all the attractions often overlooked by the urban elites. If the rule of sustainable development is to be followed, no aspect of the world's cultural heritage is to be ignore or neglected. This is my obsession.

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