|Philosophy in general, and the perennial philosophy in particular, loves to talk about the Big Picture. What is the nature of “Being” in itself, for example?
The Scholastic philosophers were in rather universal agreement that the character of BEING is that it is always ONE (this is the basis for non-dual consciousness), it is always TRUE, and it is always GOOD. These were called the three transcendentals. Naked IS-NESS is the most foundational level of being. Pure being is always one (inherently connected). It’s always at its foundation true, and it’s always good. It starts with original blessing and not “original sin”! If you were connected inherently with the nature of BEING, you would always be united and uniting, you would always do the inherently true thing, and you would always do the morally good thing. That is the ideal and it is still our goal.
Adapted from a non-published talk at a conference in Assisi, Italy, May 2012
“That all may be one” (John 17:21)