Aristotle was a believer that all we do in this life pursue the ultimate goal of being happy. All things done like going to school, work, or even what we eat or say is all ways we try and reach happiness. Happiness is the highest good because as an end sufficient in itself. All virtues are not good only by themselves, but good because virtues will make us happy.
In addition, Aristotle then looks to what is it that makes somebody truly happy? He believes that someone cant just decide weather they were happy or not but rather that there were certain virtues that if preformed would enable somebody to be happy. Virtues acts such as courage, temperance, wittiness, modesty, patience and friendliness are a few of these virtues. In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle defines virtue as “a characteristic involving choice, and that it consists in observing the mean relative to us, a mean which is defined by a rational principle, such as a man of practical wisdom would use to determine it”
However, he believes you can preform a virtuous act but in order for a per...
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...y are the ones who are not pursing wealth. He at the time completely flipped the pyramid of the classes and power and made the poor the ones to look at as an example.
By the same token, Jesus also makes statements about pursuing wealth and god. He said, "Do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you." This shows that any amount of money should have no value to you and all. You cannot serve money and god at the same time.
When it comes down to it all, after reading these two different stories of Aristotle and Jesus, I quickly realized they are passionate about there beliefs and at times they can seem extreme, and very different from each other. However, I do not believe we have the one answer to these questions but asking them and studying people such as Aristotle and Jesus gives us a good understanding on how different the Greek and Christian were viewing life.
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