Black and White
When does a day starts and night stops? What part of sunshine is good and what is bad? Which is the right direction for a river to flow, and where does it take a wrong turn? Is a plant successful when it blooms flowers and a failure if it doesn’t?
All these questions come from a mind which attempts to ‘fit’ everything into a binary mode—the good and the bad, the right and the wrong. Nature is neither complete nor perfect. As we do not have any other parameter or context, we consider character to be complete and perfect the way it is. It is the conditioning of the mind to find perfection and seek completion. Our entire life is that chase for perfection and completion. The measurements of this is in binary. In the black and the white. In the wrong and the right.
A person is either good or bad. Life is either successful or a failure. An action is either right or wrong. Once these templates are created, our primary job is to fit into these templates or get into a never-ending journey towards completion and perfection. Virtue signalling is an outcome of these templates.
Gratitude becomes a tick mark journaling exercise.
Kindness becomes a people-pleasing and approval-seeking gesture. Generosity then is fake and forced exercise for seeking status and used for influencing.
These are all outcomes of the binary world.
Virtue ends up into a formula for validation and approval.