Iris Murdoch

I think it is more than a verbal point to say that what should be aimed at is goodness, and not freedom or right action, although right action, and freedom in the sense of humility, are the natural products of attention to the Good. Of course right action is important in itself, with an importance that is not difficult to understand. The Good has nothing to do with purpose, indeed it excludes the idea of purpose. ‘All is vanity,’ is the beginning and end of ethics. The only genuine way to be good is to be good ‘for nothing’ in the midst of a scene where every natural thing, including one’s own mind, is subject to chance, that is, to necessity. That ‘for nothing’ is the experienced correlate of the invisibility…of the idea of Good itself.

— The Sovereignty of Good