The Good

For me, the good is what is valuable, beneficial, conducive to the cessation of suffering, conducive to freedom from clinging, aversion, and ignorance, and passing between the extremes of deficiency and excess.

Unlike Plato, I do not think the properties of things precede them.  I think things emerge in complex relationships of interdependent arising, and the conditions enabling their arising give them certain properties from which we can abstract universals. “The good” in this sense, is not an eternal “Form,” but a dependent arising, not something preceding things, but something emerging with them.

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