“The good is the valued center of a given communication ethic-what is most important and held in highest regard finds protection and promotion in our communicative practices.” (Arnett, 2009)
People may have different perspectives on what being a good person is or what living a good life consists of. I believe that the type of person you are along with your aspirations, goals and circumstances is what influences your take on the topic.
I am blessed to have a lot of “good” in my life right now. The fact that I am pursuing my academic goals and career is one aspect. I am also healthy and in good shape, have a well paying job, nice apartment and car that are both affordable to me and I still am able to buy myself nice things from time to time. I have family and friends who love and support me and vice versa. I feel “free” in a sense, at my age of 25, I don’t have too many responsibilities and I am able to travel and learn new things and embark on new experiences. I am able to provide for myself and I feel like I have control over my life. I have goals and dreams that I feel optimistic about and I feel that I am well on my way to making them come true. I have accomplished a lot and have so much more living to look forward to. Life happens and everything doesn’t always go the way we plan and there will be bumps in the road on the journey to success but the trip is what makes it worthwhile. I look at everything in life as a learning experience.
The “good” life to me is being happy, most of all. To be happy, at peace with yourself and enjoy your own company is amazing. Curling up with a good book/ movie or listening to my favorite music with my laptop makes me a very happy camper. Having financial security, healthy friendships and relationships, loving family, strong faith, being able to happily help others and make a difference makes for a “good” life to me.
Arnett, B.C., Harden Fritz, J.M.& Bell, L.M. (2009). Communication ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.