truth.beauty.goodness

I’m not smart enough to remember where all my ideas, concepts and thinking begins. I know that many authors, friends and strangers have served as a launch pad for developing patterns of thought.

Recently, I was reminded of one such framework. It may derive from Plato, possibly Parmenides and for sure it can be seen in broad ranging Christian theology.

It is the concept of truth, beauty and goodness.

What motivates you?
Deep inside, what drives you to make decisions, jump into action, get your juices flowing?
What do you value…intrinsically?

People are driven by three transcendental ideals.

Truth.
Beauty.
Goodness.

What drives you?
Why?

Take a moment and consider what drives your spouse,
Your kids,
Your neighbor,
Your boss,
It might just change the way you see the world.

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3 thoughts on “truth.beauty.goodness

  1. Dear Todd,

    You have proposed a variety of enlightening questions to ponder on!

    The universal virtues of truth, beauty and goodness is what keeps humans in pursuit of achieving ultimate greatness, where we begin desiring the right things in life! It is an ongoing pursuit of the enlightened individual to wholly reach such ideals given to humanity in order to live a life in accordance to an absolute Good and achieve one’s own excellence (by means of living virtuously!).

    The Platonic notion of beauty itself is a possession of a world of ideals (beauty is in the human soul, which craves nothing but excellence), beyond the earthly into the heavenly (to appreciate the beauty of the physical world, but once we look beyond, we will reach immortality). Plato wonderfully distinguished beauty in the following: “But what if man had eyes to see the true beauty – the divine beauty, I mean, pure and dear and unalloyed, not clogged with the pollution of mortality and all the colours and vanities of human life – thither looking, and holding converse with the true beauty simple and divine? Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may.” (Symposium). Although there seems to be many misconceptions of beauty in today’s society, I believe the purest form of beauty is found in nature, where one is able to innately redeem a greater sense of knowing in God’s creations. The beauty of a genuine smile, or the love of a genuine heart: all impact us on a profound level, in which we ultimately experience a transcendence from the physical world, into a world of beyond and absolute – reaching oneness in the universe (redeeming the spiritual self).

    I’m sure you will enjoy what Martha Nussbaum states about goodness Todd: “The condition of being good is that it should always be possible for you to be morally destroyed by something you couldn’t prevent. To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, to be able to trust certain things beyond your control, that could leave you to be shattered in extreme circumstances, in circumstances which you are not to blame… it is based on the trust in the uncertain, a willingness to be exposed; it is based on being more like a plant, than a jewel …something rather fragile, but whose very peculiar beauty is inseparable from their beauty…” Truth itself is revealed to us each and everyday, we only need the eyes to see and the ears to hear! It is a paramount aspect in human nature to be good; an innate part of our soul where the good leads to a greater truth and beauty is revealed in an instant – the drive to reach one’s own greatest potential – to have faith, hope, love and belief – all which will last for a lifetime!

    Thank you!
    I wish you a very wonderful and inspiring day, Todd! 🙂

    • Thanks for your in-depth thoughts…my only tweak would be to comment that the life of excellence is by means of living virtuously but that is only enabled in a supernatural way by God’s Spirit. As I say that I would include that this truth.beauty.goodness all come from our very humanness, but only because that humanness is created in the very image of the one true divine God – that is Yahweh.

      Thank you!

      • You’re very welcome, Todd!

        Indeed, in the grace of God, human excellence is achieved. God has blessed us with all the wonders in our world, and beholding them is indeed a true fulfillment!

        Much blessings to you!

        Sincere regards,
        Belhal K 🙂

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