April 3, 2016
The default good life works very well but it worries secular philosophers. The human experience isn't just "flat" and ordinary: work, family, health, wealth, longevity, ease, no pain. Notice there is nothing soulish about the default good life. More, ordinary good life has fallen into the pit of insatiability - we want more and we don't know how to stop (Eccl. 1:7,8). Jesus says the ordinary good life is "living by bread alone" (Luke 4:4). Not good. The biblical good life takes Psalm 23 as its starting place: "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want..." The more rounded good life is centered on simplicity and contentment. This message comes out of my doctoral reading of philosophers Charles Taylor, Jamie Smith, Aldous Huxley, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Miroslav Volf.