Do Good, Feel Good. What Kind of Ethics is That?
“When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.”
– Abraham Lincoln
It’s straight from our esteemed President Lincoln, who is referring to that still small voice that tells us right and wrong. Everyone has it within…and we hear that gentle voice urging us one way or not. So President Lincoln is not calling for a marvelous free for all where anyone follows their whim. He’s calling us to listen to an internal guide of Truth.
It’s about truly doing good, authentic, down home, core, natural goodness. This is something which is in all of us. And it’s available to us all. Do Good, feel that confirmation in your heart that it is the right thing. Then you feel good, and you know it is right. And then I’d add, keep on doing whatever is good!
Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th President of the United States, during the Civil War. He was instrumental in ending slavery and is admired for his commitment to national unity, equal rights, liberty, and democracy in America. He is also known for his humble background, self-education, and skill with writing and rhetoric. He was not a member of any one organized religion, but he frequently used Biblical imagery and references in his writing and speaking, and referenced a Providence who had a higher purpose. The Civil War and the deaths of two of his children led him towards the end of his life to more frequently speak of dependence on God.