Sorry, Good Intentions Don't Make You A Good Person

Sorry, Good Intentions Don't Make You A Good Person

In a results-based world, what you intend doesn't matter.

In my experience of being a human, I have often heard the phrase, “they have good intentions” being used to describe a nice, unselfish person. However, I will try to explain why good intentions don’t mean a goddamn thing for us Homo sapiens.

Unlike most animals (I’m not exactly a Darwinian), the concept of natural selection doesn’t exactly apply to us. Natural selection, for the purposes of my own argument, equates to the intentions of nature in working toward one goal. This goal, to survive, may be selfish but is more or less always achieved as species continue to grow and adapt to their surroundings.

It can be argued that humans have more intentions than just biological survival, such as emotional satisfaction and spiritual aspirations. This is obviously debatable and I do think it’s quite possible for humans to only care about their own survival. As such, every action performed is done in order to survive. However, there are actions that suggest otherwise, most noticeably suicide, the action of taking one’s own life. It is a direct contradiction to survival. For this reason and some others that I won’t go into, I do believe humans have greater intentions than just surviving.

The point of this spiel was to show that I believe the intentions of humans are generally unknown; it’s practically impossible to know the exact intentions of another person. It is even, to some extent, due to our subconscious, impossible to know your own intentions. For me, the only way to know the intentions of someone is to assume we are like animals and everything we do is to increase our chances of survival.

Therefore, without knowing anyone’s true intentions, I don’t think it’s possible to say they are good or bad. This is the first reason why I think “good intentions” are bogus. But even if we were able to understand the intentions of others, we run into the problem of defining “good," for what might be beneficial to someone may be detrimental to someone else. With this in mind, “good intentions” should imply that your intended actions should benefit someone else.

Alright, so let’s run with this definition that “good intentions” equals trying to help others. The key part here is trying, for intentions are different than results. And my question to you is, does it matter what someone intends if the results are different? No. If you try to help someone but turn out hurting them, you could say you had good intentions, but the net result is still negative.

You can see I have a problem with judging someone based on their intentions rather than their results. For example, there might be some people in Congress who believe the bills they’re passing are helpful to the American people. Yet, if they turn out not to help Americans, then their good intentions are all for naught.

Good can only come from results, not intentions. It also doesn’t help that we can hardly decide what our intentions are, especially when so many actions seem to contradict the well-being of others and ourselves. I don’t care what your intentions are. If you truly help others, then you are a good person.

Cover Image Credit: Unsplash

Popular Right Now

Here's Why This Whole "Live Well, Eat Better" Movement Is Slightly Problematic

This movement is branded toward people who can improve their lives without a budget, and not those who can't afford to do so.

This whole "eat better, live well" movement brings several different pictures to my mind. Kale smoothies and yoga mats. Essential oils and mediation. Signs that say "vegan" and "gluten free". Maybe some crystals and a pamphlet about the various chakras. I'd be lying if I said that each and every single one of these things hasn't intrigued me at one point or another.

When my feminist organization decided to host an event in collaboration with sustainability for Earth Day, I couldn't be more pumped. I happily visited local shops and markets for the best sustainable, organic and healthy snacks to have for our event. I set a budget of around $25, only expecting to get light finger foods. What I quickly discovered is that attempting to feed around 20 or so people on this budget is NOT feasible, and upon shopping, I immediately doubled the budget.

I couldn't help but think about what would happen if I were to move out on my own and began food shopping for myself. Would constantly eating healthy, organic and maybe even vegan be an option for me? The answer is likely no.

When I was living in a dorm during my freshman year and I was running low on my meal plan, it didn't seem like a huge deal. I simply pulled some money from my on-campus job paycheck and went down the street to the UDF and then to my school's bookstore to pick up a few things.

However, most of these things ended up being microwavable TV dinners lacking vitamins and nutrition and of course Ramen noodles, because they were only 25 cents a pack. I then realized what people who eat things like this on the regular as opposed to just during one to two weeks at the end of the semester eat that way because they have to, not because they want to.

Food isn't the only thing that requires money as a part of this movement. If you want to engage with your spirituality more, for instance, none of the experts simply tell you to go have a walk in nature or to sit quietly in meditation. Instead, they encourage you to buy crystals and herbs and candles and oils and whatever else you can fit into your budget.

I am not opposed to any of these things. In fact, I love them! But I'm a college student. And expanding my horizons spiritually should not mean spending half of my budget every time I get the chance. I didn't realize this at first because it was never advertised to me this way.

The same goes for exercising. You don't see personal trainers wearing old t-shirts and shorts when they work out, but instead brand-name yoga pants and Under Armor shirts. It's never about what you can do to work and stretch out your body with what you have (even if you have nothing), but instead buying a gym membership in order to use their fancy equipment.

Even time is a valuable resource craved by this new movement. Even if I wanted to, I don't have time to wake up every day at 5 am to work out and drink a smoothie because I have class and work and meetings throughout the day- it just isn't practical.

By all means, I am not calling for an end to this movement. Instead, I am calling for a re-branding of it, because as of now, this movement is only branded toward upper-middle-class housewives.

They have a bit of time and money on their hands to buy new work out clothes, fresh fruit for smoothies, crystals and whatever else. It is not branded toward young college students and it certainly is not branded toward those living in poverty or within food deserts.

Why should certain people be allowed to fully re-invent themselves in this way when others can't, and then are blamed for eating fast food and Ramen noodles? Why can't I and others living much more on a budget than myself be taught to live better and to improve my health and my spirituality with what's already in my pantry? I simply think it's about time that "living better" includes more than the people who can more than afford to easily do so.

Cover Image Credit: Natural Society

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

10 Facts Every Woman Should Know, And Love, About Her Vagina

Because health class just didn't cut it.

Basically, the only things you learn in health are one—don't have sex, two—it bleeds, and three—yes, you can carry a baby. That’s it.

For some reason, vaginas are a pretty taboo conversation in most cases, but as women (and men and human beings) it’s important to know about our bodies and all the cool things they can do (besides grow life, which is cool, but you know that).

1. Your vagina self-cleans

That’s right ladies, no need to use soap up in there, or a douche. Most doctors recommend that you don’t use any soaps or anything with fragrance, even if they’re labeled for vaginal use.

Harsh soaps can disrupt the natural pH balance of your vagina and cause more harm than good. To clean itself, women experience discharge which can occur before or after a period and is normally clear, whitish, sticky, thick and odorless. If your discharge is yellow, green, has an odor or is itchy, call your doctor ASAP, it could be a sign of an infection!

2. Your vagina is smart—it will let you know if something is wrong.

Look out for itching, irritation, bloody discharge any funky smells or anything that seems or feels different. But this is not an excuse to skip out on your annuals (bummer, I know) just because you aren’t actively having symptoms of something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get routine care and check-ups!

3. Other than abstinence, implants and IUDs are the most effective forms of reversible birth control.

Both implants and IUDs are long-term and reversible forms of contraception, and both are over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended both options as the best choices for teenagers as a way to prevent pregnancy.

The implant is a matchstick-sized rod that a doctor has to insert into your arm. It releases the hormone progestin, which prevents ovulation and thickens your cervical mucus, making it less hospitable to sperm. It can last up to three years.

The IUD is a T-shaped device that a doctor inserts directly into your uterus. There are hormonal IUDs, and there is a non-hormonal copper version. IUDs can last for 3 to 12 years, depending on the type.

Worth noting: The implant and IUD do not protect against any STDs.

4. The vagina is tilted at roughly a 130-degree angle, this is why you have to insert tampons by aiming them at your back.

It’s pretty interesting to know why we do things, but any healthy provider will tell you that this can change with time, causing women to change the angles in which they insert tampons.

5. People get stuff stuck in their Vaginas, actually often… BUT you can’t actually lose anything up there (phew).

Statistically, women get tampons and condoms stuck up there and they can be hard to retrieve. So, if you get something stuck up there and you can’t retrieve…whatever it is…from the lady parts you can absolutely go to the doctor. And you should, in gynecology, they’ve seen it all and they won’t judge. Plus, getting help is better than getting hurt!

6. Your fallopian tubes are 4-5 inches long.

And only about .5 cm in diameter. Inside them, are papillae or little hairs that help move eggs through them.

7. A doctor once removed a potato that started sprouting vines out of a patient’s vagina.

The patient told the doctor her mother said it would prevent pregnancy. In that case, mother didn't always know best.

Apparently, you can grow a potato in your vagina, I wouldn’t recommend it though (obvious reasons).

8. Vaginas (and vulvas) come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

There's no such thing as a "normal" vagina in terms of appearance so you just embrace your lady parts because they are just as unique as you are!

9. Your menstrual blood could help patients suffering from heart failure.

An ERC (endometrial regenerative cells) congestive heart failure phase II clinical trial is currently testing the safety of the ERC, or "stem cells," to treat congestive heart failure patients. Stem cells are extracted from the blood and then grown in culture to generate different types of cells in the body.

In this case, the stem cells are made into muscle cells of the heart, for reparative purposes in these patients. This is an experimental foreign study and is not something that is being done routinely, but yes, it could help patients suffering from heart failure.

10. Vaginas are epic (duh!)

Cover Image Credit: Unsplash

Related Content

Facebook Comments