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

19 Comments

  1. Prächtige Brücke.
    Schönes Wochenende

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Danke, mein lieber Freund, für Ihre Kommentare. Ich freue mich auf Ihren Besuch!

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  2. Gallivanta says:

    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.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I agree wholeheartedly. Have you noticed we can identify these problems in other people much quicker than we can in ourselves?

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  3. Gallivanta says:

    Goodness, who am I to argue with Petrarch. You see, I told you pride gets me every time 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      If anyone could argue with Petrarch – it would be you. Actually, I have a feeling that you would have an amazing discussion!!

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      1. Gallivanta says:

        It certainly would be interesting to be in on the discussion. Imagine it.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        🙂 Beyond my imagination…

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  4. Pani Peonia says:

    I ‘ve been this year in Arquà Petrarca (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arqu%C3%A0_Petrarca). Got some pictures. Nice little town.

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    1. Clanmother says:

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

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  5. cindy knoke says:

    Interesting & informative!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Your visits are a warm embrace. Thank you!!!

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  6. mixedupmeme says:

    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. 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      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!!!

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  7. mixedupmeme says:

    Perhaps envy would be a good one. lol

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    1. Clanmother says:

      A good place to start…you first!!! 🙂

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  8. Ms Frances says:

    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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    1. Clanmother says:

      They creep into our lives when we least expect them…

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