Meaningful Gifts

The Transcendental Treasury of Truth, Beauty & Goodness

If you want to cultivate a spirit of gratitude this winter, I'd like to suggest that you spend some time in meditation on truth, beauty, and goodness. They each represent gifts to us, things that make life possible, intelligible, and worth living. They are such essential qualities that we call them transcendentals. They transcend our everyday knowledge and point toward a source that is at least capable of truth, beauty and goodness.

Why do we value them?

1. They are the foundations on which a life worth living is built.
2. They enable discovery, creation, and ­nurturing of others.
3. They are not wishful thinking.
4. They are transformative.
5. They are indicators that the...


is the Director of Science Communication at the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute and a senior research scientist at Biologic Institute.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #47, Winter 2018 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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