“Why can’t I be good?” Lou Reed sings this question in Wim Wenders’s film Far Away, So Close! “Why can’t I act like a man? Why can’t I be good?” Was John good? Am I good? What does good mean? The American Heritage Dictionary says that the root ghedh- means “To unite, join, fit. 1. GOOD, from Germanic *godaz, ‘fitting, suitable.’” You are good then, in the root sense, if you unite, join, or fit, if you are fitting and suitable. But who decides what and who is suitable? And what if that leaves you out?
[from Immortal for Quite Some Time; watercolor by John Abbott]