The Good

The good is communicative of itself.

St. Thomas agrees, but goes further: it is the nature of act- that is, of being– that it communicate itself as much as possible. One of the easiest thomistic axioms to misunderstand is “everything acts inasmuch as it is in act”. St. Thomas wants us to take the axiom with the emphasis on the word acts: i.e he wants us to read the axiom as “everything, insofar as it is in act, is acting.” see the below, but more importantly, De Potentia, Q. II, art. 1. Where he simply says outright that it is the nature of act to communicate itself, for everything acts inasmuch as it is in act.

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