I spent 365 days attempting to answer the question: What is goodness? Since I completed that quest on June 1, I’ve been bumbling around trying to figure out what to do next. My year-long journey was wonderful. Challenging, fun, intellectually exciting, and in the end, it did enable me to form my first theory of goodness. Looking back, I think it’s rather grandiose to call that a theory; it’s actually more of a hunch of mine — that goodness is a skill. But I did do what I set out to do, and for that, I am pleased.
But my teeth itch. Something’s not quite right here.
At first I thought I just needed to continue the quest to define goodness, but that seems, well, kind of a cop-out. The real issue of goodness is not how to devise the spiffiest intellectual theory. Goodness isn’t about definitions, manifestos or criteria. Ultimately, it’s about living. How do we live right? How do we do right for ourselves and for others?
So, I’m hesitantly shoving my tiny boat back into the water and embarking on a new journey. This time the quest is about acting/being/doing: How can I be good? How do I walk to talk?
Since dates seem to motivate me, I’m charting this as another year-long quest, from Aug. 1, 2011, to Aug. 1, 2012. I’m starting early this week, but then, I always have been an eager sort.