THE COMMON GOOD AS META VALUE AND GUIDING PRINCIPLE
Adjectives such as 'bad' or 'good' used for value judgments always evaluate something specific - they characterize what they describe as predicate. Unlike the adjective 'good', the word 'good' in the phrase 'The Common Good' does not qualify anything. It is a noun and intrinsic value that denotes something desirable. As it does not qualify any specific object or project it could be regarded as an all-encompassing Meta Value. This diagram shows a practical use of The Common Good as a guiding principle: anything that creates it or adds to it is morally desirable and anything that detracts from it or destroys it is not. The word 'common' that limits the meaning of the noun 'good' is taken to mean 'civilization as a whole', though it would be possible to specify a local community also. Only factors that influence the common good DIRECTLY have been shown. These factors could serve to formulate goals to prompt desirable action and are very suitable for exploration via the use of systems thinking.