A Renaissance Scholar on Goodwill



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.”


19 thoughts on “A Renaissance Scholar on Goodwill

  1. Practice practice practice…….pride gets me every time. I don’t think the five enemies can be banished but we can lessen them considerably and each lessening brings a little more peace.


    • Thank you so much for adding to the dialogue. The exciting part of life – there is always something new to learn….


  2. Can I work on these one at a time?

    I think I have already overcome AMBITION. Maybe not.
    I still want 500 followers, 500 likes and 500 comments……..per day. 🙂


    • I think we can define that more as perseverance and the desire for connection with our world. So you can go on to the next one now!!!


  3. Five enemies, indeed. Even when we think we have made considerable progress in deleting these from our experience, we find them edging their way into our experience once again.


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