Value Concepts

Truth, Beauty, and Goodness

The following definitions are my attempt to clarify for you the meanings which I associate with these value concepts:


Truth is the correct understanding of reality relationships. Beauty is the harmonious ordering of things, meanings, and values. Goodness is relating to others in such a way as would benefit them. Love is the all-consuming desire of human personality to do good to others, to create harmonious order in the world, and to attain and share a true understanding of reality. 

Doing God's will is for us, his/her universe children, the desire to become perfect even as our infinite creator/sustainer/father/mother in eternity/heaven/paradise is perfect.



Truth 


stands in contrast to

Falsehood & Delusion


Beauty


stands in contrast to

Ugliness & Disharmony


Goodness 


stands in contrast to

Selfishness & Evil (theft & murder)



The four questions that (I believe) should determine our thought, speech, and actions are:


Is it true? A correct assessment of reality.

Is it beautiful? A harmonious ordering of things.

Is it good? A helpful benefit to self and others.

If these three criteria are met, one can then ask: 

Is it God's will? (The Divine / Supreme will)