“Nicomachean Ethics” by Aristotle

  In the passage, “Nicomachean Ethics”, by Aristotle, he explains about good and evil are the main contributions to our happiness, it crafts our character, and our virtues. I totally agree with his concept, because our virtues can help distinguish other relationships, and help relate to other people’s intention and emotions.


         Aristotle described of three kinds of good that leads to happiness. Three kinds of goods are worldly good, bodily good and goods of soul. Many folks believed in the first two aspects, but tend to forget about nurturing the soul. Like for instance, a married couple might have good jobs, but what keeps their relationship for a long time is to have a certain belief in a religion, which gives them contentment, because they belief their creator will protect their love from sinful acts. The highest reward that God gives us for good work is the ability to do better work. (Elbert Hubbard) 

          “ For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them, e.g., men become builders by building and lyre players by playing the lyre,”  stated in the passage of Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle. Is this a general concept? Ideally it is because we were not born to be genius in that very instance. That leads to point what is Aristotle trying to convey on the topic on virtue? Virtue is define as a behavior showing high moral standards. Aristotle breaks down virtue in two categories which are intellectual virtue and moral virtue. Moral virtues are shown by courage, temperance, and liberality; the key intellectual virtues are wisdom, which helps represents ethical behavior.


             Aristotle also explain further about soul of good into three categories passion, faculty and state of character. Passion is the drive for the human system, it alters emotions from being angry, happy, lament, worries, anxiety and etc., and thus these emotions really influence the actions we make. All of this combine it really focuses on state of character, because it is pointless to express the emotions if we can’t relate the identity of an individual. ( Epictetus).


             Aristotle stated, “The mean is hard to attain, and is grasped by perception, not by reasoning.” Over here he is talking about some act of behavior becoming an excess or being deficient. Like for example, I can be in a discussion and teacher is trying to ask me define an apple, I describe it’s a fruit, then all of sudden I gave description of color, variety, shape, countries which sis unnecessary. On other hand I only describe it to her a fruit, and I tend to know nothing else about it.  I believe using all these aspects will help creating a better virtues. Hence, extra training in certain criteria, subject, and field will help fascinate your character and help you achieve some sort of happiness. 





5 thoughts on ““Nicomachean Ethics” by Aristotle

  1. I best liked what you said here, ” Hence, extra training in certain criteria, subject, and field will help fascinate your character and help you achieve some sort of happiness”. I totally agree, it is the character in it’s present time that helps others including yourself know about particular virtues we have and/or how it developed in as part of our identity.

  2. I agree with the statement on there is 3 aspect on being happy. All of those elements need to go together to achieve happiness

  3. indeed i agree as well that the more you develop in certain criteria the better you will become as a person in your own perception of happines

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