The Essential Idea

Differences in meaning exist between the words love, light, good, right, and truth — but only in shades. Underlying them all is one essential idea which can be rightly called by any one of those names, with only the addition of a capital letter. To say one is to invoke the idea of the others; and to mean one and not mean the others is inconsistent.

Don't we know Light as the symbol of Good?
Hasn't Good meant Love when ever it could?
Does not Truth do the work of Right?
And is not Truth the object of Light?
So why then distinguish one from the others,
When one, in full meaning, their meanings it covers?
The perfect idea of which these imply
Forms of their parts the ultimate Why.


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