The Nine Muses The Philosophy of the GOOD

The Nine Muses, the daughters of Mnemosyne, will guide you through this book


Preface and Plan of the Book

How to approach my Philosophical essays

�To pleasant songs my work was erstwhile given, and bright were all my labors then; but now in tears to sad refrains am I compelled to turn. Thus my maimed Muses guide my pen, and gloomy songs make no feigned tears bedew my face. Then could no fear so overcome to leave me companionless upon my way. They were the pride of my earlier bright-lived days; in my later gloomy days they are the comfort of my fate; for hastened by unhappiness has age come upon me without warning, and grief has set within me the old age of her gloom. White hairs are scattered untimely on my head, and the skin hangs loosely from my worn-out limbs." 1

Boethius, "The Consolation of Philosophy"

Thus does Boethius begin his tale of the wreck, which fate has brought upon him, and the consolation, which the speculative mind finds in the reveries of thought.

I give this brief word to you, dear reader, who would perhaps approach my essays below, as a caution and a warning. I offer these essays, not as fact or dogma, but as mere opinion; indeed as kernels upon which to crystallize your own opinions. Man and woman must still learn to fix many things in their affairs, which will allow the future generations to either grow and prosper, or wither on the vine. This can only be accomplished through the diligent use of our minds to find the answers to the perennial problems, which still beset us.

If below I perhaps, cajole, or seem to dogmatize, or overzealously pronounce my opinions, then take this note as warning, and correct as needed. Also, on your own part, enter not with preconceptions, or authority, but with the spirit of adventure and an open heart. Abandon your prejudices, and in that way find truth; perhaps not my truth, but hopefully an even more refined version. �In unity there is strength�, that simple fact underlines everything I say below.

As to the plan of this anthology:

Section I introduces the Philosophy of the GOOD as a philosophical system. This actually shows the theoretical grounds upon which all the other essays rely. Casual readers should probably read this section last as a summary.

Section II contains various essays on how the GOOD is incorporated into the life of the individual.

Section III contains essays geared more to the interaction of the GOOD with both the individual and his societies.

Section IV deals with the interaction of the GOOD with the agencies in societies that allow them to prosper.

Lastly, man has been given reason to unite him with his kind. Reason is not the enemy of God, but his gift to us. Philosophy is not at odds with religion, but its legitimate offspring. Reason and knowledge, devoid of self, will ultimately lead to God (that God that lives in all of us, love); that they have not done this is because it is so hard for man to exclude this �self�. This is what the Philosophy of the GOOD will show.




First Essay


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1 �The Consolation of Philosophy�, Boethius, et al., Random House Inc., 1943

Originally Published:

December 17, 2007


June 23, 2014