Fifth Perspective

Goodwill: An Interlude

 1          Goodwill is love particularized, is love in moral action.

  2         Goodwill: A kindly feeling: well-wishing, benevolence, friendliness; a will acting freely from pure disinterested motives; an open, charitable attitude, without reservation or bitterness; a willingness to be fair-minded or impartial; good intention; virtuous inclination or disposition; cheerful consent; heartiness; readiness.

  3         Goodwill is the man of action’s religion.

  4         Goodwill is to be applied not only to others but to oneself as well — especially toward oneself!

  5         A person of goodwill is always ready for a smile — she can’t help herself. She brightens the day just as does the sun; but she has one advantage over the sun: she even brightens a sunless day.

  6         Goodwill is love anthropomorphized.

  7         She of goodwill surely gets angry, but never in spite or resentment, or rancor. Good-willed anger is anger justified and gauged rightly.

  8         Goodwill can’t but help being on the verge of joyful tears of love and sympathy toward everyone worthy of it.

  9         Goodwill is just that: willed goodness — goodness strong and directed; goodness wrapped in refined judgment and subtle sensitivity.

The Love Testament: Fifth Perspective