Consider a tree. The tree is good, in and of itself. It provides shade, it’s a home for birds, a beacon of nature’s beauty. But it’s also good for something. It cleanses the air, it provides oxygen. Its existence is not self-serving. It contributes, it adds, it elevates the world around it.
Now, let’s apply this analogy to us, to humans. Being good, being kind, being compassionate — these are virtues we strive for. We aspire to be good, just like that tree. But being good in itself is just part of the equation.
The real question is: what are we good for? What do we contribute? What positive ripples are we sending out into the world? Because, just like the tree, our purpose is not just to be. Our purpose is to be for something, to serve, to make a difference.
The real measure of our goodness lies not just in our actions, but in their impact. It’s not just about being good, it’s about being good for something.