To be a miserable good person, or a happy bad person?

  DreamWorks’ animated film, “Bad Guys,” is in theaters recently, and it’s perfect for the whole family.
  The protagonist of the movie, the five big bad guys, wolf, piranha, shark, spider, snake, they like to shout “go bad or go home”, rob and steal, and do evil everywhere for fun.
  But in an extremely difficult theft operation that can be famous for history, the bad guy wolf suddenly experienced unprecedented happiness because he helped others. As a result, the operation failed, and things changed.
  The flower of kindness in the heart of the villain wolf slowly bloomed since then, and several other villains followed his footsteps and found that being a good person and being kind to others is actually happier and more satisfying than being a bad person.
  In the movie, the definition of a good person is straightforward: good person = giving > taking.
  For example, the villain snake has always been selfish, and the only lollipops must be enjoyed exclusively, but the sign of his transformation is that he gave his favorite lollipops to his grief-stricken companions.
  From bad people to good people, if only this is too superficial.
  The movie goes deeper, but what is not directly pointed out is that giving and taking are not limited to actual actions and material aspects, but more importantly, psychological feelings.
  A person who only gives without expecting anything in return does not really get nothing in return. Inner satisfaction and even vanity are a kind of return. When people give, they often crave the expectation of return, so many times, giving action is obvious. Sexual, but asking is implicit.
  This more complex formula should be: reward = material reward + psychological reward = giving (behavior + psychology) – taking (behavior + psychology).
  In the formula, the psychological reward is more important. If there is more psychological reward, people will have the motivation to continue to pay; if the psychological reward is small, they will experience scarcity. Then, either change their cognition or reduce their actions. It is impossible to be in a state of negative expenditure all the time.
  Whether it is action or psychology, paying is a kind of cost, and if you ignore the cost, you will leave the truth.
Whether it is action or psychology, paying is a kind of cost, and if you ignore the cost, you will leave the truth.

  This is why many good people in movies and TV series are always boring. Because good people are often the best, they have never experienced a tragic childhood, they have never been hurt or insulted, they don’t have to face difficult choices, and the cost of action is very low. On the contrary, it is the bad guy, whose inner struggles, nightmarish encounters, and difficult choices are shown in detail, which can arouse the audience’s empathy.
  In this way, we can understand why there are more good people in some eras, and more bad people in some eras; in some circumstances, good people will become bad people, and in some situations, bad people will also become good people. Being a good person or being a bad person depends on whether the cost of being a bad person is lower or the cost of being a good person is lower.
  Understanding this, I think, we may not be far from the truth of the world.
  For example, collective evil in human society often occurs in a seemingly irresponsible way, because the psychological cost of people doing evil is very low.
  The realization of evil cooperates with each other. In a long chain in which evil is completed, every ordinary person is only a link in the chain, and can be neither the initial initiator of evil results nor the final finisher of evil. It is not so strong. sense of guilt. But when these links are spliced ​​together, they can cause a huge and irreversible irrational tragedy.
  Of course, there are not only good people and bad people in this world, but also smart good people, smart bad people, stupid good people, and stupid bad people. Smart people can bring positive returns to themselves, but also bring positive benefits to others, or at least reduce the losses of others. And stupid people bring losses to themselves and the other party.
  Stupid people are more dangerous to society than bad people. It’s a pity that we are often the last thing we can do with stupid good people.

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