An Interlude

The proceeding posts constitute a brief introduction to 1) goodness in general and 2) goodness as applied to man specifically. Many people begin discussions of good and evil from a purely ethical or moral perspective without first seeking to articulate what is truly meant by "goodness." This whole discussion, though, has been about goodness, and inasmuch as we are discussing how man becomes good, we are discussing his happiness. Man, a creature who by nature seeks happiness, must look to God as that for which he longs. His happiness does not consist in anything else. To seek happiness in wealth, bodily pleasure, social status, or power over others, is folly, and it is in the misplacing of one's happiness in such things that evil consists.

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