Meaning of Goodness


The first thing we must do to be able to fully understand the meaning of the term goodness is that we carry out the establishment of its etymological origin and this we must emphasize that it is found in Latin. Thus, more precisely we can see that it emanates from the word pretty, which is the result of the sum of the term bonus, which can be translated as “good”, and the suffix – tat which is equivalent to “quality”.

Goodness is the quality of good, an adjective that refers to what is useful, pleasant, palatable, tasty or fun. A person with kindness, therefore, has a natural inclination to do good.

In this sense, a person is considered to have the quality of goodness when he is always willing to help those in need, when he shows compassion for people who are suffering from different circumstances and also when he maintains a kind and generous attitude towards others.

In this way, we can also expose that the person who lacks goodness is the one who is mean, selfish, sees other people as enemies, is distrustful, spiteful, insensitive and is more inclined to hate than to promote friendship.

The philosophy understands good as the value that is given to the action of a person. The good fosters the desirable through empathy (the ability to feel what another individual may feel).

The concept of good is tautological, since something good is what is good. That is why its definition is redundant. Goodness is the ability to do or reflect good. For example: “Thanks to the kindness of Isabel, the children have new clothes”, “The benefits of this product are many”.

It should be noted that good needs its opposite, evil, to be appreciated. In this way, if donating clothes that we no longer use is right, it is because it is wrong to throw away clothes when someone does not have what to wear.

Throughout history, it could be said that some people managed to personify goodness. That is the case of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003 thanks to her actions in favor of the poor in India.

In addition to these two historical figures, we cannot ignore others who can also be classified as kind. This would be the case, for example, of Mahatma Gandhi who was an Indian thinker and politician who carried out all kinds of actions and peaceful demonstrations with the clear objective of achieving a more just and egalitarian society in his country, the development of rural areas and an absolute tolerance between different beliefs and ideas.

Martin Luther King, Saint Francis of Assisi or the Dalai Lama are other historical figures who have been characterized by their goodness.

The notion of kindness, on the other hand, also allows establishing a courtesy formula to refer to the kindness of one person with respect to another: “If you have the kindness to approach, I will be able to show you the papers.