This Old House


Oliver Davies said that Thomas Aquinas wrote about truth as the “harmony of being with intellect” and goodness as the “harmony of being with appetite.” It derives from “one being’s harmony with another.”

Which do you find more difficult? Being in harmony with another’s intellect or goodness? I enjoy the debate of intellect and fruit of goodness. They are both actions for me. They are my “doing something” as when someone is praised  for always doing something.

Most of the action for me is in a chair. I sit and listen to another or I trade ideas in rapid fire order. Since I don’t mow the lawn, or split wood, or do much around the house, I balance my  inactive doing something with walking. When walking I am listening to a podcast.

As Susan now knows I am best suited for a condo, but instead we live in a house built in 1840. Fortunately for  me my partner Susan loves to work around the house. Back in the day, her expectations of me as a helper were great, but then she learned that even when I do something, the results are not to her liking. For example, she expects the lawn to be cut in one day, even one morning. I cut it over three or four days.

I will not go on except to say that our marriage is a miracle for somehow she now believe me when I say when reading or writing I am doing something. She makes very few demands of my time except to stay on course and of course apply my listening skills at home as much as I do when away.

By the way, I love her and this old house.

7 thoughts on “This Old House

  1. jhvn May 21, 2014 / 11:11 am

    Intellect and appetite are the two aspects that you cited Aquinas seeking harmony with. Which do you prefer? My goal is a balance.

    • fictionfitz May 21, 2014 / 1:20 pm

      I go with your answer. Although I enjoy the fruits of imbalance most of the time.

  2. marthaschaefer May 21, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    Harmony, and I’m going to make a wild guess that you are a Gemini. I find I can’t finish a project in the same time and order that most would accomplish but it gets done…too many distractions along the way…

    • fictionfitz May 21, 2014 / 5:02 pm

      For me it depends upon the project, have to be interested. I am an independent Aquarius.

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