What is decent? De·cent  [dee-suhnt] adjective 1. Conforming to the recognized standard of propriety, good taste, modesty, etc., as in behavior or speech. 2. respectable; worthy. 3. Adequate; fair; passable. 4. Kind; obliging; generous.  5. Suitable; appropriate. So, basically a decent person uses most of the national and local social norms that likely have been applied to society for many years.

A few major examples of things you don’t do as a decent person is murdering someone, rape, lying to someone (sometimes) or stealing. There are some minor examples that aren’t always seen in the same manner or agreed upon. Perhaps a good example would be a person keeping their phone ringer on silent when going to a concert, class, or movie. A person failing to wash their hands is not only seen as not decent, but is also nasty as hell. A person who doesn’t hold the door open for those behind them is also very much frowned upon.

Kindness to others is a huge part of being a decent human being. To be kind is to be of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person. Examples of kindness are helping a friend pick and/or move, helping a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or holding a door open for her and another would be to offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short. These are prime examples of going out of your way to be kind. Kindness is a necessary quality in a world full of anger, lies, death, and so many other evil and bad qualities. Kindness makes the rain not seem so gloomy. Kindness makes the warmth from the sun on your face seem not so irritating.

Compassion, friendliness, forgiving, loyalty, empathy, selflessness, sensitive, sincerity, and the list of positive traits that makes a person – or human – decent, goes on. Society as a whole has different norms – or traits – that they consider decent or important to keep everyone happy and/or in line. If you happen to go against some of those norms, you could lose a friend, or even go to jail and/or prison. Some things that you go against could bring no judgment at all, because it may have gone unnoticed. There are organizations that take those norms to extremes. Those are referred to as churches or general spiritual facilities. Some of those places are more forgiving than others. How you carry on in your day to day life is up to you, and if you are only doing things that a decent person should do because society expects you to, or because you want to go to the Promised Land, then you are deceiving yourself and those around you. You may be asking yourself why that is. Honesty is another characteristic of a decent human being. If you have an ulterior motive, then you aren’t being honest, and therefore aren’t being decent. Be a good person because that’s the right thing to do. That is how you are decent.


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