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.
This foundation seems metaphysically, methodologically, and explanatorily prior to the accounts of Gilson and Maritain, because art is a virtue, and virtue is related to goodness
, and goodness is "divided" into three inseparable modes.
And when we do suffer, fail, or sin, how do we find our way home to goodness
? How can we discover our essence?
Aquinas employed two approaches to goodness
: nature and participation.
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.
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Another concept that Aristotle frequently relates to goodness is, not surprisingly, beauty ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.]).(37) The basic distinction he makes between goodness and beauty is that the former is always associated with [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.], whereas the latter is found also in motionless things.
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.