St Augustine

Temporal truth

This (original sin) was the primal laps of the rational creature, that is his first privation of the good. In train of this there crept in, even without his willing it, ignorance of the right things to do and also an appetite for noxious things. And these brought along with them, as their companions, error and misery. When these two evils are felt to be imminent, the soul’s motion in flight from them is called fear. Moreover, as the soul’s appetites are satisfied by things harmful or at least inane—and as it fails to recognize the error of its ways—it falls victim to unwholesome pleasures or may even be exhilarated by vain joys. From these tainted springs of action—moved by the lash of appetite rather than a feeling of plenty there flows out every kind of misery which is now the lot of rational natures.  –St Augustine ‘Handbook on Hope, Faith, and Love’

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Complexity

ALTHOUGH WE SHOULD BEWARE OF ERROR WHEREVER POSSIBLE, NOT ONLY IN GREAT matters but in small ones as well, it is impossible not to be ignorant of many things. Yet it does not follow that one falls into error out of ignorance alone. If someone thinks he knows what he does not know, if he approves as true what is actually false, this then is error, in the proper sense of the term. Obviously, much depends on the question involved in the error, for in one and the same question one naturally prefers the instructed to the ignorant, the expert to the blunderer, and this with good reason. In a complex issue, however, as when one man knows one thing and another man knows something else, if the former knowledge is more useful and the latter is less useful or even harmful, who in this latter case would not prefer ignorance? There are some things, after all, that it is better not to know than to know Likewise, there is sometimes profit in error—but on a journey, not in morals. –Saint Augustine ‘Handbook on Hope, Faith, and Love’

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Logical thinking

All of nature, therefore, is good, since the Creator of all nature is supremely good.  But nature is not supremely and immutably good as is the Creator of it.  Thus the good in created things can be diminished and augmented.  For good to be diminished is evil; still, however much it is diminished, something must remain of its original nature as long as it exists at all.  For no matter what kind or however insignificant a thing may be the good which is its “nature” cannot be destroyed.  There is good reason, therefore, to praise an uncorrupted thing, and if it were indeed an incorruptible thing which could not be destroyed, it would doubtless be all the more worthy of praise.  When, however, a thing is corrupted, its corruption is an evil because it is, by just so much, a privation of the good.  Where there is no privation of the good, there is no evil, there is a corresponding diminution of the good.  As long, then, as a thing is being corrupted, there is good in it of which it is being deprived; and in this process, if something of its being remains that cannot be further corrupted, this will then be an incorruptible entity (natura incorruptibilis) and to this great good it will have come through the process of corruption.  But even if the corruption is not arrested, it still does not cease having some good of which it cannot be further deprived.  If, however, the corruption comes to be total and entire, there is no good left either, because it is no longer an entity at all.  Wherefore corruption cannot consume the good without also consuming the thing itself.  Every actual entity is therefore good; a greater good if it cannot be corrupted, a lesser good if it can be.  Yet only the foolish and unknowing can deny that it is still good even when corrupted.  Whenever a thing is consumed by corruption, not even the corruption remains, for it is nothing in itself, having no subsistent being in which to exist.  –St Augustine, a letter to his son: ‘Handbook on Hope, Faith, and Love’.

But according to His promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.  Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by Him without spot or blemish, and at peace….grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.  Amen.  –2 Peter 3

Strive for the Immaculate,
No privation of good.

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