"Every good tends to unify what participates it; and all unification is a good; and the Good is identical with the One"
For if it belongs to the Good to conserve all that exists (and it is for no other reason that all things desire it); and if -likewise that which conserves and holds together the being of each several thing is unity (since by unity each is maintained in being, but by dispersion displaced from existence): then the Good, wherever it is present, makes the participant one, and holds its being together in virtue of this unification.
And secondly, if it belongs to unity to bring and keep each thing together, by its presence it makes each thing complete. In this way, then, the state of unification is good for all things.
But again, if unification is in itself good, and all good tends to create unity, then the Good unqualified and the One unqualified merge in a single principle, a principle which makes things one and in doing so makes them good. Hence it is that things which in
some fashion have fallen away from their good are at the same stroke deprived of participation of unity; and in like manner things which have lost their portion in unity, being infected with division, are deprived of their good.
Goodness, then, is unification, and unification goodness; the Good is one, and the One is primal good.
G. Shaw, «Theurgy and the Soul…», p. 72.
sings the praise of the leader of the divine series to which it
belongs … for the heliotrope moves to the extent that it is free to move, and in its rotation, if we could hear the sound of the air
buffeted by its movement, we should be aware that it is a hymn to its king, such as it is within the power of a plant to sing