Kris Attfield is the author of three books: The Book of Finch, Letters to Whomever, The Eagle's Sore: A Novella and Pfhonge, The Inter-Continental Brink of Madness, Air Defence, Doorless Darts and Blaine Bananatree - a bunch of video games.
Article - Am I a Good Person?
Am I a good person?
In the christian tradition, we are all, apparently, somehow flawed in one form or another.
In LDS mormonism – you are never good enough unless you are perfect.
This is kind of an interesting subject. I have some good qualities, and I have some qualities that might be judged to be not so good.
GOOD QUALITY: I give to beggars on the street. When I have money available, if I meet someone who needs some extra cash I help them.
BAD QUALITY: I’ve gotten into the habit of spending about ten dollars a month on lottery tickets. Yes – the hopes of winning play with my dreams and entice me to gamble.
GOOD QUALITY: I am an honest man. I do my best to tell the truth – whenever possible.
BAD QUALITY: I complain about the various problems people have created in my life, and sometimes it’s hard for me to shut up.
GOOD QUALITY: I don’t steal. I do my best to make sure people get paid for the products and services they provide for me.
BAD QUALITY: Back when Deryck Whibley was married, I coveted his wife. Yes – I wanted to marry another man’s wife, which brings me to a -
BAD QUALITY: I’m adulterous. I tried to be “sexually pure” or “chaste”, as the LDS church says you should be, but my body just happens to have some kind of problem that doesn’t allow me to stop masturbating. It appears I am physically required to have sex. It doesn’t matter how much I choose not to engage in sexual activity – my body more or less forces me to do such things anyway.
GOOD QUALITY: I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone. Yay.
SUMMARY: I suppose I am good in some ways, and I am bad in some ways. It seems like I’ll never be good enough for the LDS church as I’ve learned the religion – but I am, apparently, good enough for being able to see Jesus, who is the God of the terrestrial kingdom.
I tried to be good enough for the LDS church, but I just can’t get past the masturbation, and even if I stopped masturbating, the church is still less than convincing for various reasons anyway.