Informal meetup at Alberts, Sherwood Park for thoughtful conversation.

Topic: What constitutes 'the good life'?

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  • Jim

    I have a toe-hold on history.
    I don't have to invent or discover the good in some original way. (It's a possibility but why not consider our predecessors). It is in this vein that all literature can be examined, especially the good stuff. And what is good? As the saying goes, good literature judges you.
    I said in my last post that I was going to write about love. What does this have to do about love?
    I learned about love from the Bible. I do not give the Bible 'Inspired' status. But in terms of Myth, it is the best story I have come across yet: god saves a fallen humanity from death. That is love.
    Northrop Frye wrote: the story of Western civilization is 'Fall and Redemption'.
    There is so much more to be said on this topic but I'm running out of space.
    In a nutshell, here it is: Love is a verb, Loving is unconditional positive regard and Love is giving to and receiving from the beloved.

    April 20, 2013

  • Jim

    Further, I would add Wonder which comes out of being self-aware and without it one is vegetative or beastly. With it, one can ponder The Questions and (with courage) put provisional answers to the test. There is adventure here.
    Next I want to talk about Love.
    Jim

    April 18, 2013

  • Jim

    'Good' question.
    Traditionally, there are only three questions to be asked.
    What is there?
    How do you know?
    And
    How shall I live? Or, What is good ( or the Good, or the good life)?
    If I had been born 3000 years ago, I think this question would have required a lot of mead or strong drink to begin to answer. But since I live at this point in history, I can consider what others have contributed to the question (and they are legion).
    For starters I will offer this: the good life is the pursuit of Love, Truth, Justice, and Beauty.

    April 17, 2013

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