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Now, imagine this situation for a moment:
You are a good father, a wonderful husband.
You go 'pray' every Sunday, doing a wonderful lip-service.
You've taken your kids to soccer practice 
And you are ready to enjoy your Sunday.

Tui bu qi, ni ke yi pang wo ma?

You turn around and see an old Chinese lady.
She can't speak English and needs assistance.
You pretend you cannot hear her and drive away.

Smooth-stuff dad, you should return that #1 mug...

To me however, there would be no question.
I was late to a part-time job, it would actually cost me money;
And did I mention I can't speak Chinese either?

Instead I communicated with gestures and signs.
She wanted to go to the train station, as I later learned.
With your car it would have taken five minutes.
But we walked and that is also okay.

To be honest, you might think you've done more good than evil.
You might think there is a welcoming committee for you at the pearly gates.
I regret to inform you however, that the selection doesn't quite work that way.

True, I may speak of demons and blood, of nights spent in the embrace of death.
It is also true, that I could murder a man without feeling anything at all.

But if I was made to choose, between good and evil.
Even after being told I was going to hell for an eternity.

The words that leave my lips each time would be: "I volunteer!"

I volunteer, because I know that good or evil is a decision.
The action itself, can be justified and reasoned with in any number of ways,
But the heart of a man may never change.

If you want to learn what sort of person you are,
Ask yourself this:
Assuming that you are going to suffer irrespective of what you do.
Will you still dare to do the right thing?
Or will you sink into despair and depravity?

Take your time to think before you speak this answer,
For a lie is already evident, upon your tiny little lips.

I feel that many people often think that they are good people and denounce others as bad simply because of their actions or reactions to a particular matter.

Personally, I dislike that. After all, I am a very logical individual. When I see something I don't agree with, I will act upon it and take the consequences as they come. This is what it means to accept.

Furthermore, I live in the manner of a Death Company. That is to say, I assume I am going burn in hell already and no matter what I do now, nothing is going to change that. I will suffer no matter what I choose to do. That said, even knowing this. I can comfortably say that irrespective of thoughts born from a moment of irritation or the things I spout as a joke in the company of friends. I am ready to say that I will volunteer where necessary.

Being good or being evil is a choice and only a little bit of that choice is shaped by circumstance. One should take responsibility for their own actions, regardless of what they do.

And so I extend the same question to all of you. Can you truly say that you would volunteer? Think hard on that one ;3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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SirRainboom Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Nice one, although I would supplant that stance with a refusal of such simplistic and vague attributes as "good" and "bad/evil" as they can mean anything and nothing in different situational contexts to different people. And while I disagree that circumstance is only a side factor (see Milgram, Stanford Prison, Bystander Apathy, Good Samaritan and Asch Conformity experiments for further reference). I do, however, agree that we should not underestimate our room of choice and what it can affect on an individual basis - especially when overexcited scientists overextend the boundaries of their theories and pronounce free will to be an utter illusion.
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noorelven Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Touche you evil genius! 
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snowywolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh, that's such a good question...
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nofxmike06 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Love is all that is. Everything else, isn't.
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GrimSlime Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. You are one of the best writers I have ever come across. Such truth and beauty and justice you speak. You are amazing, truly.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye kindly, I'm just tryin' t' do what's right in me own way ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Wow, amazing.

One correction though: *hear her. Right now it says "hea herr".
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Writer
I correct it ^^ Thank you so much for helping me spot the error :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Nooo problem. ^^
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Impish-Grin Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I love your truth.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank ye kindly :3

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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OverlordChaos Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This poem is very good and deep. Personally, I believe I am a nice guy, I treat women with respect, I open doors for both male and female, and I always try to lift someone spirits up and I don't expect anything in return. But, while I have a good heart; I have an evil mind, I did bad things, I make people angry, i even made someone try to kill me (literally), I have desires for sex for women, I have hatred for mankind, I always have thoughts of killing random people and laughing maniacally saying how easy it is, I even go as far as challenging God to rule all of creation. But I keep it all down, I try to do right because while I want to destroy the world; I want to change the world, I used to believe that i'm better than mankind but really i'm just as bad if not worse, but I try to do right and I don't do it for reward or someone tells me too, or even that I believe i will go to heaven if I do but I try my best to do right because I want to do it and I chose this life. So in summary I am a nice guy that want to save humanity by destroying it; therefore i'm insane. (but in this world you have to be insane to be nice)
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Writer
S'okay I'm pretty much the same way. As I wrote in the poem, I have seen death and more of it would not make me bat an eyelid. Yet, even with such thoughts we probably end up doing more good than most.

The fact that we are aware of such is what drives us forward and that I believe is great ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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OverlordChaos Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yea awareness is important but the things that most people fail in is that we are not better than any other human, no status, no believe and no religion can give us the right to look down on humans in disgust without having those same feelings for ourselves but that doesn't have to be a bad thing, our desires and flaws can help us relate to others and learn to help each other to make this world a better place for all. :)
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OldWayArtisans Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
On more occasions than I can remember, I have placed myself in harm's way because I believed in the chance for a positive outcome. I could cite several instances, but I believe that the reasons for doing something are just as important as the acts themselves; if you perform a service for another because of the accolades, the rewards, the popularity and fame that comes with "doing a good deed"...then you were not interested in doing right in the first place.

It is a recurring theme in, perhaps, my favorite science fiction show: Babylon 5. Lennier suggests that doing the right thing for the wrong reasons corrupts the work. In the episode "Comes The Inquisitor", Minbari Ambassador Delenn is interrogated by a man in the service of the Vorlon empire as to the reasons for her choices to become a bridge between the Minbari and the Humans; the goal being to insure that it was not vanity or glory which made her do what she did. The episode's climax reveals that it is a willingness to give of oneself to others without ever being showered with rewards or even recognized for having done so at all is the closest one can get to "the right thing".

I have seen it a thousand times: Self-important, arrogant people claiming to be up for sainthood after falling in with the trendy charity of the month. We're all so ready to help out when a national disaster strikes, but if it has no news coverage, no spotlight, no pat on the back? I would count on bleeding out in broad daylight before so much as a hand to my feet was offered. I'm not important enough for a news crew, thus I do not rate the attention of others. They're too busy looking for a reporter to pose for.

I suppose the point of the last three paragraphs of rambling is that the right thing to do is exactly that: You do what you can to make life better for others, and maybe even yourself, because it's just a nice thing to do. You don't do it because you're looking for compensation, you don't do it because you're taught to be that way, and you don't do it because you fear reprisal if you don't comply. You do it simply because it's right.

At least...that's what I believe.
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Jahuty Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
If I know anything I believe that Truth is true. The truth is that we are judged by our fellow man by our actions or 'works'. But ultimately we, ourselves are judged by greater forces by what is in our hearts and minds. Though we may have the option of choosing to do helpful or hurtful things, these actions are ultimately meaningless in the ongoing cycle that is perpetuated by the Human Condition if a person is not acting upon the intent of committing an act on behalf of that which is true.

Right is right and wrong is wrong. To do what is Right is to act upon just virtues based on Truth, this is in turn embodied by belief in universal harmony or what we know to be true. When you do something that is Wrong then you are deviating from the established truth that dictates what is just and right. No matter what the circumstances are, whenever you think or choose to do the harmful to the universal harmony then, whether you intend to be or not, you are wrong in your motivations.

To put such an example in terms of say...pure Christian beleif: Every negative thought or action you conceive is a sin. Humans their truest nature born under the curse of sin is inherently selfish to some extent. A single person cannot go their entire life an say that they have never committed a sin because God does not just judge them after death by actions alone, but by what they have felt their hearts at any point in their life. Using God and his edicts as the foundation of truth: Anything that is done by a person that does not believe in the sacrifice of the lamb and is a "good person" for their whole life is still a sinner because even though they may have done more good than bad, their entire lifestyle is selfish and hedonistic as defined by the Gospel of Jesus.

(Oh and don't mind me if you don't care for this kind of stuff. I'm just throwing this out there because I felt left out. And all these discussions gave me inspiration to work this out in my head. )
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qzbk Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
 What people call good and evil is just someones opinion. Just because you think something is good doesn't mean it is. The Nazi's thought they were saving humanity. Their version of right and wrong stated that the lesser races along with mentally challenged people and anyone who disagreed with them (evil people)should be eliminated as not to pollute the gene pool. Mankind's true mission was to create a super race of humans with only the best qualities. Millions of Germans fought and died for this belief believing they were doing good things. They marched into hundreds of towns and villages and killed millions in the name of good. They weren't wringing their hands and cackling like a B-movie villain. They were saving the world. If they won the war their way of thinking would be correct and your way of thinking would be evil because you wish to help the sick and the weak. By their definition you would be helping to destroy humanity by keeping those type of people alive.
 So who has the right to determine what is right or wrong or good or evil? I believe in the Bible myself but disagree with most other Christians on many things they teach.
 I just want to say the Nazi's were evil in my opinion so don't think I was defending anything they did.
 My point is that humans can't decide what is good or evil because when they do  it is always the most powerful and aggressive ones that make those decisions and force those beliefs on others through manipulation (mass media) or force.
 So who determines what is good or evil?
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JBGamer Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Think hard on this one eh?  Well as it happens, it already have...and my answer is, as long as my actions, in the end of the day of my life, reduce how horribly stupid, backwards, and insane this world is...the premise that I will suffer for it, or even how intense that suffering is, is immaterial and of no consequence.
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JBGamer Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
tch, typo...I meant to say "I already have" instead of "it already have" in the 2nd sentence.  Deviantart, PLEASE add an edit comment feature!
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Gingersnaap Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
In the 9th line down I've noticed a typo. You accidentally typed " you cannot hea herr" rather than "you cannot hear her".
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Ra-Ra-s-tear Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist
I may have misinterpreted but the following disagreements are from what I understand:
1. you are literally incapable of "murder[ing] a man without feeling anything at all" unless your biological/ psychological state is extremely abnormal (ex. the extreme of antisocial personality disorder)
2. I'm confused. You said the man didn't help out the lady so he's not the best person on the planet. Then you said you don't think people should judge anyone based on one event.
3. if you were actually logical, you would consider all factors/ consequences of helping out and not blindly volunteer. In certain countries, people rarely help strangers due to trust, legal, and monetary issues, etc... Those are logical reasons to not get involved. If you're helping because you think it's the right thing to do to help another human being with the risk of taking those initially unaffiliated responsibilities then you are acting on your instincts, not logic. I'm not saying logic is equivalent to egocentricity but logically, you don't need to (unless bound by the law) help anyone. And having said that, even the law isn't always logical.
4. I don't see how doing the "right" thing conflicts with disparity
5. the world isn't black and white, as much as we would like it to be. And everything is relative. Perhaps "evil" only exists in Disney movies.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Writer
In response to your statements:

1. I am actually capable of turning my emotions off and on, including fear. This is after years of practice with method acting. To an extent I would certainly be capable of feeling nothing at all during and after the act. However beyond the first two day I have no idea how I would feel.

2. Those were in comments to others, because I based it on their statements. I am judging this individual because I knew them (the one in the poem).

3. You do not have the time to consider all factors. You must make a decision given a scenario and that is what this poem is about. Can you, faced with a scenario requiring an immediate decision, make the choice that would require more of your time and effort, or would you choose the easy path and walk away. I simplified it to good and evil, but really it's an insight into who you are ^^.

4. This sentence does not make sense ^^;. disparity means: a great difference. So where did you draw your statement from?

5. Everything may be relative, but as expressed in the poem this is based on a particular scenario and I am then choosing to apply it to a wider range of things. In general, I am stating that I would volunteer and those who know they are inherently good will choose the same thing. Those who debate it are as yet unsure and those who outright say no are probably at a point in their lives when they're rejecting the world. However, one day everyone comes to a final answer and when you they do they'll probably realise the meaning behind all this ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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RobotsLoveU Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
true man, true :) and yes i would volunteer, because i go through stuff like that every day.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Then welcome to the Company. Hell yeah? HELL YEAH! x'D

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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RobotsLoveU Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Patrikia-Bear Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This is deep and very affecting. Nice job. :)
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Thank you for enjoying this ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love how this can make people think ^^ Good job.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Glad that it did ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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IceAngel1234 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Amazing stuff!

Sorry for correction but "Chinese" isn't a language, its a nationality yes, but the language would likely be Cantonese instead.

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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Writer
It was mandarin actually I should have been more clear, but since the general audience wouldn't understand what I meant I simplified it to just Chinese x'D

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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IceAngel1234 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

I see, well I just wanted to point out that just to be clear lol. hope you don't mind.

 

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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Writer
No problem ^^ 

Sorry about the delayed reply though lol

-Chenbeard the Pirate :iconwordofchen:
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IceAngel1234 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Aha its alright.

 

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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well, tell that to every thing that put Chinese instead of what language in that specific region. It's to keep things short and simple.
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IceAngel1234 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Chinese is the people though, calling both the people and language "Chinese" would make it confusing and other people don't call our language "American" or "Canadian" but yet its English.
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bittersweetchoco Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Formally, I guess, but Chinese is just a shorter way of saying Mandarin Chinese.
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IceAngel1234 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
But Mandrin isn't the only language that they speak though. Idk, it should be more specific.
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bittersweetchoco Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, true, but it's...like...the most prominent one? I mean, a lot of people aren't aware of the different dialects, either...I'm pretty sure most of the population don't know of the existence of Cantonese. *_*
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IceAngel1234 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well Cantonese is one of the main languages and the number 1 language in Hong Kong (which has a population of about 7 million)  Mainly the people of Sothern China speak this language. The 2 major languages of China is Mandarin and Cantonese.
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bittersweetchoco Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, Cantonese is one of the main ones, but Mandarin is more prominent. Like most of the Chinese kids over here (in America) speak Mandarin, and maybe the dialect of their parents' hometown. So a lot of American kids don't really know about the existence of Cantonese (sorry for not clarifying earlier). For example, in my school, they teach Mandarin, and call it Chinese, so people assume there's only one primary Chinese language. 

But I didn't know about the bit for Hong Kong. That's actually pretty cool 8) 
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IceAngel1234 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Still though, what comes to my mind first is Cantonese rather than Mandarin. It's different for everyone. I'm in Canada. They shouldn't assume that though..

And yes, interesting.

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Budgiie Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student General Artist
morality is all relative and the way you say "i could murder a man without feeling anything at all #2EDGY" makes me think this is just you bragging
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Well guess it is :3 There's one perspective

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Frizzlewaffle17 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Wow. I got really sad imagining a chinese woman wanting to go to the train station v.v WHHHYYY
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Probably because she was old and really needed assistance ^^;

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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Nostradas Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No good deed ever goes unpunished as that is the means of keeping balance. How can we know "good" when there is no "evil". When it comes down to it, live life without regret and take responsibility for your own choices and actions, "good" and "evil" will forever be seen as a matter of opinion and perception. 

I will spend eternity in hell but I will at least die with honor.
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WordOfChen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Now that is the true style of a Death Company.

And also pretty much the essence of what I wrote (unwatered down to the over simplified good and evil) kudos ^^

-Captain Chenbeard of the Black Fedora Pirates :iconwordofchen:
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DirkusCircus Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013

So I knew these people who did those religious missions to Africa. Before I knew better, like most I would think that it's a good thing. But people there do not care about nor need mystical stories created by the white man. Why can't people just give them food and stuff without pushing an agenda? I then found out later, these same people ran over a squirrel with a car breaking it's leg and instead of nursing it to health or putting it out of it's misery, or like most NOTHING, they played with it and tortured it til it died. And they liked to make bombs and throw it in strems and rivers to see the dead fish rise to the surface. Mind you, those are just a couple of examples. No, I don't hang out with them anymore lol

 

I try to be as "good" as possible but I don't think I'm that good because I can be bad, you know what I mean? Especially when ppl aren't being good, that makes me mad because there's no need. But I don't go around trying to change ppl or killing animals for entertainment. Now, I don't know how to fix a squirrel's broken leg exactly. I am a superb driver I don't think I'll encounter that situation. If it did happen, I'll "volunteer" to get my gloves (because I don't want rabies) and try to make it work. Or go to the shelter with it, I don't really know. But torturing it..? You gotta be kidding me. That doesn't even exist as a real option in my mind.

 

Question, if you are very logical, then why do you believe you are going to burn in hell? It's my understanding that most who are very logical don't believe in things like that.

 

Hope you like the rant, that's the most I've written in one sitting on DA to date lol B-)

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0bsidianlink Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A real 'good person' doesn't brag about how much of a better person they are than other people.
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