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Doing the Right Thing Versus Doing What Feels Good

Sometimes people feel there is a conflict between doing what is right and doing what feels good.  But doing the right thing feels good.

What about people who are so set up that doing the wrong thing feels better than doing the right thing?

Is it possible to convince them to do the right thing even though it doesn’t feel good?

I suspect not, since most attempts to do so have included the supernatural promise that eventually doing the wrong thing will feel bad.

Also people who go through life doing what they think is the right thing even though it feels bad are put in a terrible mood by this approach and tend to treat other people unsympathetically, which is in fact the wrong thing to do, although it may make them feel good, because they have a feeling of power from being tough on themselves and others.

It is better to encourage everybody to enjoy the pleasures of helping people, creating works of beauty, and understanding the universe, which are right and feel good.

 

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