By Mike Hickey
From the preface:This e-book seems at advantage as "the energy to do sturdy" from the theological, philosophical, and poetic point of view. From a theological viewpoint: some time past, Anselm outlined theology as "faith looking understanding," (f. 1) a definition which has persevered to the current day. it might be tough, if no longer very unlikely, for someone to aim to appreciate advantage or goodness with out searching through a few lens of faith.? Get Goodness was once written, partly, simply because my very own religion used to be looking understanding.Second, this publication will examine advantage and goodness from a philosophical point of view as the notice "philosophy" (from the Greek philos + sophia) potential "love of wisdom." (f.2)? As we'll locate during this booklet, the advantage of affection has been understood by way of such a lot theologians and philosophers earlier than me to be the essence of every and each advantage. hence, we needs to past love knowledge earlier than we can virtually figure, distinguish, planned and choose prudently in any attempt to appreciate how advantage is the ability to do good.? 3rd, this e-book can be suffused with poetry? .because poetry is a language that is going past good judgment, concept, and cause? . it's a language of the spirit and a language of human lifestyles, love, statement, and adventure? .Any poem is an try to attempt to comprehend the adventure of the realm and the universe round us in non secular terms.None people might be looking virtuous perfection in orienting ourselves to the nice during this lifestyles; we should always in basic terms be looking swap. the adventure is the objective.
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Extra info for Get Goodness: Virtue Is The Power To Do Good
Conscience is the consciousness of not only the power to do good, but also the consciousness of vice. ”17 Our conscience gives us an awareness of our own wrongdoing and vicious behavior. Conscience is a depth experience. It is that still small voice inside us that tells us that we are responsible for our own good or bad thoughts and actions. Similar to most poetry, the voice of conscience is often subtle, vague, mysterious, and not always easy to understand. It is directed by our own individual free will and its orientation is to goodness as an ultimate goal.
Compassion is unconditional and removes the distance; it tears down the walls between self and others. What militates against this is our own self-centeredness and selfish instincts. Prayerful contemplation helps us develop the virtue of compassion. Poetry often conveys the essence of a greater meaning beyond the words. indb 33 5/31/11 7:14 AM 34 Chapter Seven our true inner feelings in the words of prose. 6 The Dalai Lama has said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. 7 Much of life is pain and suffering; compassion is shared suffering which transforms our passion and awakens our hearts to humanity.
In Christian thought, fortune is seen to be controlled by Providence,12 implying that no occurrence in the entire universe is outside the divine will of God. ” Providence occurs at the intersection where human free will meets the omnipotence of God. Providence allows us, as individuals, to be fully free to seek our own destiny, while at the same time recognizing God as all-powerful and in control of our orientation to goodness and our ultimate destiny. Any element of chance in the universe can exist anywhere at anytime, except in God.