Are you a bad person if you have bad thoughts? So, for example, if someone showed good character (in your opinion) in their actions, but you read their diary and found many offensive and/or inappropriate feelings and thoughts - would you think them "bad"? I'll give examples: A teacher is great with his students. They love him, are highly engaged, and make great progress. He appears to be a great teacher in every way. When he gets home every day, however, he spends hours complaining to his wife about how "stupid and annoying" the kids are. He mocks the way some of them fail to learn when he's in the privacy of his own home. A political leader has done great things for the people she represents. She has improved the economy, infrastructure, crime rate, etc. for all. In her diary, she writes things that are highly offensive to some groups of people. She does not act on these feelings, but she has them and states them somewhere private. So...is someone "bad" if they feel a certain way, even if they don't act on it?