Readers of Dissoi Blogoi may recall, from my Top Ten Reasons Why I Started This Blog, the #1 reason: to see if I could prove wrong the first line of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, that every endeavor aims at some good.
But these deep statements have a way of turning out true, no matter what mere human beings attempt. Despite my best efforts, Aristotle has been vindicated once again. To wit:
After Fran O'Rourke's lecture last night at Boston College, I was talking with Andriy Tsintsiruk, a first year grad student at Boston College who hails from Ukraine. Our conversation turned to Dissoi Blogoi. Andriy pointed out--what I hadn't known--that the word БЛАГО (blogo) in Russian simply means 'the Good' (it's how one would render ta0gaqo/n), and that the adjective БЛАГОI (blogoi ) means 'virtuous'.
So there you have it. In trying not to do anything good at all, I managed in fact to attain The Good.