Paul Greenberg: The mystery of the good

What impels some of us to perform gracious acts?

Posted: November 2, 2017 at 1 a.m.

There’s nothing mysterious about the existence of evil in this world. Every day’s headlines and televised newscasts are full of testimony to its prevalence. But where does the impulse to do good come from? That’s the unanswered question. What motivates the heroes and heroines who would risk death itself to challenge evil? Their motives may be mixed, with each instance of heroism its own saga, and worthy of study for its own sake. Since we all tend to live by the stories that ingrain themselves on our memories.

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