The inclination to goodness
, is imprinted deeply in the nature of man; insomuch, that if it issue not towards men, it will take unto other living creatures; as it is seen in the Turks, a cruel people, who nevertheless are kind to beasts, and give alms, to dogs and birds; insomuch, as Busbechius reporteth, a Christian boy, in Constantinople, had like to have been stoned, for gagging in a waggishness a long-billed fowl.
In the nature approach to goodness
, goodness has to do with "the fulfillment or completion of a thing's nature--its becoming all that it could be--and what it could be is specified by its essential nature" (p.
What is needed is a great effort to form consciences and to educate the younger generation to goodness
by upholding that integral and fraternal humanism which the church proclaims and promotes.
Another concept that Aristotle frequently relates to goodness is, not surprisingly, beauty ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.
The foregoing discussion of order, beauty, and nature in relation to goodness has been far too brief to count as a discussion of these concepts in their own right.
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