The human “trinities within” are outlined below.
|Procession||thoughts and words (persuasion)||body (force)||feelings (on their own causally inefficacious)|
|Union Possible?||in part, through a conversation||no, bodies are private properties||yes, through love|
|The Nature Trinity (Objective)|
|Part, Pursuit||discovery of external law||doing one’s duty||escaping the beast within|
|Part, Enjoyment||grasp of human nature||ability to care for oneself||from hatred to indifference|
|Virtue||wisdom||fear of the law||charity, love of friendship|
|The Virtue Trinity (Intersubjective)|
|Part, Pursuit||moral ideal||self-discovery and soul-making||2nd-order desire “to be”|
|Part, Enjoyment||seeing oneself in the true light||conformance to the ideal, self-ownership||contentment with oneself, peace|
|Cardinal Virtue||justice||temperance, self-control||2nd-order self-love|
|The (Narrow) Happiness Trinity (Subjective)|
|Part, Pursuit||plan||execution||1st-order desire “to have”|
|Part, Enjoyment||contemplation of what one has, vision||possession of it, comprehension||contentment with the world, joy, fruition|
|Cardinal Virtue||prudence||courage||1st-order love of concupiscence|
Use this table along with the one that assigns a gender to each cell.
The first end of nature is a means to the second end of virtue which in turn in a means to the last end of narrow happiness.
Each of these ends is also an essential constitutive part of true happiness which consists in an appropriate union of the three.