Summum bonum “The Highest good”

Travis Knowlton LCSW
1 min readApr 8, 2023
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You may have meant "Summum bonum", a Latin phrase that translates to "the highest good."

Summum bonum is a philosophical concept that has been embraced by various thinkers throughout history. It refers to the ultimate goal or ideal individuals should strive for.

In ancient Greek philosophy, the summum bonum was often associated with eudaimonia, which roughly translates to "happiness" or "flourishing." This concept involves living a virtuous and fulfilling life in which one's actions are guided by reason and moral principles.

In Christian philosophy, the summum bonum is often associated with the concept of God, who is seen as the highest good and the ultimate source of all value and meaning.

The idea of summum bonum can be seen as a way of orienting oneself toward a higher purpose or ideal and striving toward personal growth and development. It encourages individuals to live with intention and to seek out experiences and relationships that are aligned with their deepest values and aspirations.

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Travis Knowlton LCSW

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