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Pascal on Beatitude as a Common Good

Some seek good in authority, others in scientific research, others in pleasure. Others, who are in fact nearer the truth, have considered it necessary that the universal good, which all men desire, should not consist in any of the particular things which can only be possessed by one man, and which, when shared, afflict their possessor more by the want of the part he has not, than they please him by the possession of what he has. They have learned that the true good should be such as all can possess at once, without diminution and without envy, and which no one can lose against his will. And their reason is that this desire being natural to man, since it is necessarily in all, and that it is impossible not to have it, they infer from it … (Pensées, Brunschvicg 425; Lafuma 147).

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  1. The missing part to proper enjoyment of a partial good is not some second (or third, or yet other) part, but gratitude to God for receiving even the partial good that one has.

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