‘What is good?’ asks Aristotle. ‘That which is useful to us’ is the answer. There is physical good such as food, shelter, security, a holiday; then there is mental or moral good. This consists of mental discipline, education, order in the emotions, right discernment and the unprejud-iced exercise of reason. Is that all?
Our soul is not satisfied with the physical and mental good; it wants something more, and that is peace, harmony, unity, lasting happiness, self-offering in love to somebody or something of infinite beauty. Truth is dearer to a right-thinking person than all the physical and mental good.
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This article is from the Summer 2016 issue of Self-Knowledge Journal.