November 13th-2017- “ HAPPY “DAY OF GOODNESS” / By Susana Roberts

November 13th-2017-


The origin of the Day of Goodness dates back to 1977. The idea of dedicating a day to goodness was promoted by the World Kidness Movement (WKM) in Tokyo. Since then many countries have joined this celebration worldwide, among them: Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, India, etc.

Goodness, from Latin “bonitas”: quality of good. Goodness designates a value to human behavior. It is the natural inclination to do good and indicates softness and gentleness of genius.

* For Plato, good is the origin of the Being that is beyond all beings. Medieval philosophy follows this concept identifying Good and God and the meaning of good similar to God, that is the position of St. Thomas Aquinas. We see the Goodness in the Art, in the medieval aesthetic thought, the light originates in the divine creative Goodness and when it touches the matter fills it with color, for that reason, all the illuminated and colorful is Beautiful because “the divine light shines”.

Aristotle held the thesis that disposition is what defines good and not the other way around, affirming in certain texts that good have an objective perfection.

For the Stoics, who have a subjectivist stance, good is the object of choice. This position is taken up again in the Renaissance and Hobbes was the one who held it more firmly: what is the object of human appetite is good, what is the object of aversion is bad.

For Spinoza, something is good when we strive for it or we want it; and for Locke, it is what gives us pleasure and badness that causes us pain.

Following this position, Leibniz considers well what gives us spiritual pleasure. Kindness is related to empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence; that is, being able to put yourself in the place of the other, to be considered and to be at your disposal without conditions *.

Throughout his prophetic journey, Jesus insisted again and again in communicating his experience of God as “a mystery of unfathomable goodness” that breaks all our calculations.

Goodness is mainly a virtuous attitude towards others and is part of love, human strength and transcendence.

To know how good we can become, the best is, to practice goodness and make it a habit.

So, why is there so much evil in the world? because human beings prefer to live in error, without seeing beyond the concrete and believing that they can elude their conscience. But nobody can flee from it.

The kind person is one who accepts others as they are, without criticism, without reason, without bad intentions. Try to see in each person all the good that can be done without judging attitudes and help to find solutions to their problems.

Some famous phrases: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Goodness is a golden chain that links society.

Ludwing van Beethoven: The only symbol of superiority that I know is kindness.

Mahatma Gandhi: Nobody can do good in one space of their life, while doing harm in another. Life is an indivisible whole.

If I had to define goodness I would say that it is a spiritual good, it is up to us to develop it and feel its benefits to deliver it with love and service that promotes respect and human unity.


copyright-Susana Roberts- 11/13/2017

*consulted source: Salvat encyclopedia

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