Sunday, July 24, 2011


In the world of the living, challenge abounds.  Organisms small and large must be fed and protected lest they die, and must reproduce lest their species die.  Organic existence is an on-going struggle.

Yet for the most sophisticated Earthly species, humankind, the struggle to flourish into fullness of being, into the complete realization of our latent potentialities, far transcends the satisfaction of mere organic needs and includes as well psycho-spiritual needs more elusive and problematical than cravings of the body.

What is it that we humans need above and beyond what lower-order animals want in order to be complete?  In answer to my asking, the ancient triad flies to mind: Beauty, Truth and Goodness—that we need.