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Am I Good?

In this dramatic male monologue, DWAYNE talks to a family member about whether or not he sees himself as a good person or a bad person.

DWAYNE: Am I good?  I don’t know…I really don’t know.  I try to be good, I try to be  a good person, good to others and good to myself…that’s the thing too, it’s being good to myself.  I think I have a tendency to be hard on myself, way too hard on myself, which is a positive thing but if I’m not careful it can turn abusive.  (beat)

I think I was brought up good, had proper morals instilled in me from my mother and father, learned right from wrong I guess but I mean, when you open your mind on a larger scale, in terms of perception, who can define good?  I think good is really up to the individual when it comes to basing yourself up against what your own belief system may be.  Some people’s beliefs are considered dangerous, while others are considered harmless.

I think it all evolves, really.  I think our own perception of good does change throughout one’s lifetime.  I know I don’t want to be the same person I was when I’m eighty, if I live that long, than when I was ten.  I hope I would have become a better person in many ways, overcome a lot of my own personal demons and hopefully my own perception of what is good in a person will be reflected in a stronger light, as I continue to age and live a decent life.

Joseph Arnone

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