Since the time of the ancient Greeks common good means “the benefit or interest of all”. The all relates to a domain. It is appropriate that individuals have a variety of understanding on this concept. In my case I believe that the common good is the socio-economic circumstances that are inclusive, respecting the diversity of individuals, creating a better tomorrow, and benefiting its domain. This 24/7 global environment complicates this meaning. Throughout history thinkers attempt to define the concept of the common good. Like most human endeavors it is about relationships. These relationships include governments that define the rules of engagement.
The current environment with its divisiveness, conflict, insecurity, and search for progress depends on an understanding of the common good. The common good is always a work in progress where we establish laws, institutions and socio-economic advantages. These are never set and forgotten and must always be tuned and refined within the context of reality. Achieving benefits or interest of all begins with laws, regulation and traditions. However, as Thomas Aquinas advises “Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community”.
Each generation must think and assess the meaning of the common good because it is what impacts us all. In subsequent posts, I will explore the guiding principles like constitutions, and governance in the current environment. To see how we can reach a respectful dialogue and ensure the future. The concept of common good is subjective. Looking at the laws and traditions that impact your life is how we move towards objectivity – which is the only path to a common ground.