Thank you everyone who participated in class today. Thank you also to all of you playing at home, following Theory of LTC in your own time. Final thank you (starting to feel like this si an acceptance speech) to everyone who posted on last week’s question: “what is art & beauty?” 

This week, let’s try something crazy and try writing a full paragraph in response. From 3 sentences, to 4 sentences to 5. Soon we’ll have a full essay on our hands!

This week’s focus question is:

What does it mean to be good?

Please leave a comment below with your answer. Don’t be afraid to respond to other people’s answers in your own.

Remember the two rules: Use your initials instead of your real name and enjoy the ride!

Here are a couple of quotes from two of my many favourite writers to get you started.

Our feelings of benevolence and sympathy are more easily aroused by specific human beings than by a large group in which no individuals stand out… men who would never punch a child in the face can drop bombs on hundreds of children.

– Peter Singer 

So you want to live ‘according to nature?’ Oh, you noble Stoics, what a fraud is in this phrase! Imagine something like nature, profligate without measure, indifferent without measure, without purpose and regard, without mercy and justice, fertile and barren and uncertain at the same time, think of indifference itself as power — how could you live according to this indifference? Living — isn’t that wanting specifically to be something other than this nature? Isn’t living assessing, preferring, being unfair, being limited, wanting to be different? And assuming your imperative to ‘live according to nature’ basically amounts to ‘living according to life’ — well how could you not? Why make a principle out of what you yourselves are and must be?

– Friedrich Nietzsche