A Renaissance Scholar on Goodwill

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Petrarch, known in Italian as Francesco Petrarca, was an Italian scholar and poet that lived in the 1300’s.  Considered one of the earliest humanists, his sonnets were deeply admired and emulated throughout Europe during the Renaissance period.   He believed that peace was achievable, if we overcame the five enemies that kept us from demonstrating goodwill to others.  Longing for peace is easy; practicing peace through goodwill is more difficult.  But it is doable.

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.”

Petrarch