January 19-A, 2023

Mabry Mill 02 04/15/2010 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
Everybody has in innate sense of what is good
and what is not.
Genghis Khan knew what was good.
So did Adolf Hitler.
Their idea of the good
would likely not be our idea of the good,
but they knew what was good,
and so do we,
we just disagree about 
how good each other's idea of the good is.

How good is the good we call good?
Who is to say?
How do we know?
What standard of measure do we use?
Can we agree on any of these things?
If not, where does that leave us?
Talking about a good
other people evaluate as not good!

How can what is good
be that different among us?

Can all of us agree about anything
that matters to our life together?
Can we live together in ways 
that everybody likes?
Begrudgingly accepts?

This makes no sense!
Having to reach agreement about the good!
One would think good would be foundational!
Automatic! Natural!

But then, what is good for the tiger
is not good at all for the lamb.

We shake out according to our idea of the good.
And then what?
What did we do before war?
Just move away?
Fight or flight?
The way of life?

We can imagine a world
we cannot live in
because we do not serve
the same idea of the good.
And "might makes right"--
which isn't right at all.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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