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Truth is a journey.


When a person wants truth, then that person starts to seek it and hopes to find it in the end.

That is a journey, is it not?

Well, the truth for you to "desire good" is simply this ... to desire good is for you to move towards gathering ... something.

I'll explain.

"Good" is an arbitrary term. It is subjective. It is left to opinion of what good is. "Good" is often defined as something of favorable quality. But why is that? How did "good" come to represent something of favorable quality? What is the rationale for that thinking?

The thing about the term "good" is that cultures have reinvented the true meaning of "good" and have fashioned it to mean something that is was not originally intended to mean.

That ideology is not really all that surprising to you is it? I mean, the way people change the definitions of words in order for the definitions to fit their agendas or their narratives? That practice is old as dirt and is nothing new. So it shouldn't be a surprise because that is how cultures use language ... to fit their own agendas and their own narratives in order to gain the supreme authority on a matter.

In my native culture (USA), for instance, we are taught that the term "good" is a quality or a state of being, as in, "I am a good person" or "You are a good person" or "We are doing good" or "That feels good".

Have you ever heard of the saying, "Be calm, cool, and collected"? Well, that last word ... "collected" ... that is something of what "good" is supposed to mean in a kinda sorta way of hodge-podging the definition of it.

So if we were to put the term "collected" into those other phrases above, then they would look something like these, "I am a person who is collected" or "You are a person who is collected" or "We are people who are collected" or "I feel collected", except, the terms that should be used would really be something like "gathered", "united", "fitting", "pleasing", "suitable", or "brought together". It's just the ways that terminology plugs in really isn't the grammar we are accustomed to using in those expressions.

However, can you see where it makes sense that "good" should be understood as meaning those things, especially, since "evil" has the opposite meaning of good, which would be "un-gathered", "un-united", "un-fitting", "un-pleasing", "un-suitable", or "not brought together"?

The term "good" then, as mentioned at the start, is a process of gathering. It is the process of gathering "something". What? That is the question. What is it that a person is gathering, uniting, bringing together, fitting, and being pleased about?

Consider the question, "How are you doing?" Is not the common reply simply one word?

"Good"

That is the most common reply, and it basically means, "I am collected." But what is it that has brought the person to this quality of being? Do you see where the short-cut is?

"I am a good person." OK. Why is that so? What caused you to be "good"?

Enters in the reason for the collected state of being. This is where truth gets really "different".

This is what I mean ... that which is "good" for you, I may considered not good for me.

Woah! That is deep!

This means that "good" is now arbitrary and left up to the opinion of the person determining what is and what is not good.

So what a person is "gathering" or what a person finds as doing the effect of gathering might be "good" for one's self while that same journey taken by someone else may not be acceptable to that person for self.

This changes the quality then of what is good depending on opinion.

Technically, what person who is alive is not a "good" person since all people do things that please self?

I imagine we all are "good" people in that sense since we all "gather" things, right?

So let's check this out to a dictionary that has some historical background to it.

Please consider the origins of the term "good" as it is laid out in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) of 1888 below.


An example from history, places the term "good" in such a context also that is yet again arbitrary but to a decision held by a person outside of one's self. In the book of Mark in the New Testament, Jesus had a conversation with a person, and it went like this, "And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why do you call me good? there is none good but one, that is, God." Mark 10:17-18

The focus of Jesus here was on what we do as people isn't "good" because we don't know what "to gather", in that, we don't know what is pleasing, what is fitting, what is bringing together, nor what is uniting ... not within our own self-enlightenment, that is.

Jesus' remark in that conversation was that only God knows what is good or what needs to be united. That is why Jesus did not consider himself "good". It was because he was doing his Father's business of putting things together and not his own business. If you know a little bit about Jesus' ministry, then that makes sense. He said things like he came not to do own will but the will of him who had sent him. So, yes, the originally intended definition of "good" does fit just fine in that context.

That definition of "good" then puts people, even Jesus, himself, out of pocket as to what the right thing is to do ... without first finding out from God, himself, what he wants done. In that sense, Jesus didn't see himself as a "good" person as it was his Father's plan.

GOOD - Below is the word sense development for the term "good". The terms of "gather", "gadling", "together", "samen", "sam", and some derivatives of "same" are in the origins of the term "good".


So? What do you think? It's pretty interesting from where English terms come from, isn't it? Seeking out what the terms mean is like a mystery and an adventure! I think it is fun ... lots and lots of fun! It's trying to find truth! :)