Friday, May 25, 2012

A Good, True and Beautiful Life

At the end of the heart wrenching WW2 movie, Saving Private Ryan, Ryan visits the American cemetery in Normandy with his family. Looking at the grave of the man who died saving his life, he pleads with his wife, “Tell me that I’ve lived a good life. Tell me that I’m a good man.”

How do you know if you’ve lived a good life? The Greek philosopher Plato gave a three point checklist in “the good, the true and the beautiful.”

The good is the ethical. The true is reason and science. The beautiful is art and self expression. The most fulfilling life will blend all three; where your passion matches your skill and the needs around you in a perfect storm of goodness.

To read out more about each of these three qualities, follow these links

Click here for the true
Click here for the good
Click here for the beautiful
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