Wednesday, 8 August 2018

A modest alternative to virtue signalling.

Is it possible to do good without advertising the fact? This is the HQ of Camden council. Notice the 'for the good of the people' mural at the top.

  • Virtue signalling is a deadly trap that works upon our natural desire to have others think well of us.
  • We become frauds even when we start out well.
  • The answer is not to become entirely self-serving but to develop activities that actually do some good while at the same time expressing our true values.

Camden street art.

  • The first step is to sit alone with a piece of paper in front of us and work out what our true values are. This cannot be done with any other person as they must be our own values and not the values that others approve of- or we are virtue signalling.
  • Take as long as is needed. The benefits of this exercise last a lifetime.
  • Once we have discovered our own true values we may work out practical ways to advance them. This generally amounts to more than posting teardrop emoji on our Facebook accounts. We are looking for practical real-world solutions to real problems.
  • We are free to post what we do to Facebook- these activities have become an interesting part of our life. The main difference is in motivation. We do good because we wish to do good- not because we wish others to think us good.

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