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Conditions for Goodness

Colour Convention ClosedUltimate values are universally-sought experiential states. Examples of ultimate values will be in green e.g. peace. Goodness (in orange) refers either to spiritual energy or to a conception of what humans most desire in spiritual terms. Goodness (in green) refers to a specific ultimate value. Terms in purple refer to Channels in the Framework-Tree of Intentionality.

Using a Perspective from Levels of Purpose

In the 1980s, I distinguished the Levels of Purpose according to their psychosocial function and relevant properties. This was exceedingly difficult at the time. However, as the distinguishing features were slowly determined, the forms of purpose and the special qualities of values became clearer and easier to understand and explainThe original clients providing criticism and validation were politicians.. Eventually the nature and use of the various forms of purpose became transparent—although, as revealed here, there was still much more to learn.

As part of this process, I found myself associating each Level of Purpose with a characteristic quality. This seemingly imprecise quality was far simpler than the full functional definition. Still, when explaining the Levels, I found that I got rapid understanding using those terms. I now suspectClosed that they relate to a projection from the Root Hierarchy: which is currently being explored in the Architecture Room.

Here is a Table with the details for Purpose-PH6. For convenience, the Table also shows the correspondence of these words for Vehicles of Goodness-R"G1, as will be proposed and explained below.
Click on the purpose names for a pop-up definition.

Forms of Purpose Characteristic Quality Vehicle for Goodness RsH"
7 Ultimate valueA universally accepted and eternally pursued state of being. is an inner
Enjoyment 1
6 Value SystemInterlinked-valued ideas ordering understanding within a social domain. is a deep
Knowing 3
5 Social ValueA freely shared need-based value serving a specific community. is a personal
Submission 6
4 Principal ObjectAn activity defining the identity of an endeavour. is the
core activity.
Unification 7
3 Internal PriorityA degree of emphasis among valid values or actions for immediate use. is a brute
Aspiration 2
2 Strategic ObjectiveA desired and feasible outcome which maximizes impact. is a desired
Helpfulness 4
1 Tactical ObjectiveA precise tangible time-targeted result which is a step to a desired outcome. is a pure means. Exertion 5

Qualities of the Vehicles of Goodness

The Vehicles for Goodness are the mechanism for enabling a focus on goodness to come to the fore in personal and social life. They enable the production of goodness through applying ultimate values, which are themselves evoked and created by an act of will.

In evaluating that production, the above schema of characteristic qualities devised for purposes seemed to fit the vehicles. Note, however, that the ordering is differentYou should reflect on the order, and later check alternatives for yourself: feedback or comment below..

The criterion here is pragmatic: does the exposition below help you (and me) understand goodness and this framework. If it does, then it is worthwhile (i.e. an expression of goodness). The ultimate value example used below is: goodness.

Unification-R"G17: I must recognize that unification is the core activity. In any particular situation there will be several specific unifications that goodness makes necessary and appropriate: between conflicting ideas, or disputing parties, or my wishes and the needs in the situation.

Submission-R"G16: I must recognize a personal need for submission. Depending on the situation or project, this submission typically relates to expressed values or purposes that confer goodness. These may have been personally selected, or may apply to me via a group that I willingly joined.

Exertion-R"G15: I must make exertions in the cause of goodness, but these are a near-biological means with little intrinsic significance. The beneficial tasks may be rather minor, but they take time and energy, and can disrupt my usual work-flow. However, without exertion, everything else here just will not occur.

Helpfulness-R"G14: For goodness to be effective, the actual outcome must be helpful. Any process or end-result that is unhelpful suggests that, despite best intentions, something has gone wrong somewhere.

Knowing-R"G13: The provision of goodness at any moment depends on a belief that I personally have knowledge about what is truly relevant and can help in the specific situation.

Aspiration-R"G12: Goodness can be contributed via assertions of what is good, and consequently your aspirations will come into play.

Enjoyment-R"G11: Goodness can ensure that I have an experience of the situation through positive enjoyment. Experiencing enjoyment has effects on myself and others that can make even seemingly impossible challenges worthwhile.


The characteristic qualities are taken from the Levels of Purpose (PH6) framework (see Table above). The orientation to good and goodness has been slightly modified from the original. This Table seems valid, but the rationale is currently uncertain.

L Vehicle of Goodness Characteristic Quality Orientation
to Good(ness)
(adapted from L of Purpose)
7 Unification is the core activity. i.e. what is essential for achieving good.
6 Submission is the personal need. i.e. what provides the potential for good.
5 Exertion is the pure means. i.e. extra inputs as tasks for good.
4 Helping is the desired outcome. i.e. the evidence of
3 Knowing is the deep belief. i.e. the proffered
rationale for goodness.
2 Aspiration is the brute assertion. i.e. the personally
1 Enjoyment is the inner experience. i.e. the emotional
generator of goodness.

ClosedDon't Get Confused by Unconscious Shifts in the Frame of Reference

You may be playing with these ideas and suddenly get the sense that all qualities apply everywhere. In one sense they do, but this is because you can and do change your frame of reference all the time. The vehicle and characteristic quality are only fixed within a given frame of reference. For example, the frame might be: «apply strength to handle X».

However, if you then alter the frame of reference to «apply unification to "apply strength in handling X"», which you can easily do when you focus on it, then you will notice that the outcome of unification must be helpful or that you depend on a belief during unification based on what you know.

So the quality associated with unification suddenly seems to change from a core activity to an outcome and then to a belief.

Confusing, isn't it?

Originally posted: 29-Mar-2013

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