Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Common Good

“Unless we work for the common good there won't be any” ~ Unknown

"All men were created to busy themselves with labor for the common good. " ~ John Calvin

This is the first of ten articles that I am writing about character building. These articles will be based on a booklet that was published in 1915 named "Character Building". This is the Introduction to the blog posts in the series;

The Science Of Character Building

The booklet believes that working for the common good is an important part of character building. Common good has been defined as whatever is best for society as a whole. This is what the publication says about the common good;

"Man serves himself best by promoting the common

A civilization is necessary for the peace and contentment of
the people.

The better the civilization, the easier it will be for each
and all to be prosperous and happy.

Those who promote the common good are building the temple of

And those who do not help to promote the common good, but neglect it or try to pluck it, are tearing out the pillars that support the temple of civilization.

"What you do is as important as anything government does. I ask you to seek a common good beyond your comfort; to defend needed reforms against easy attacks; to serve your nation, beginning with your neighbor. I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens, building communities of service and a nation of character. " ~ George W. Bush
Inaugural address, January 20, 2001.

"Do to others as you would have them do to you." ~ Luke 6:31 NIV

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