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Essays On Human Virtues

Virtues consist of a set of character strengths, these strengths represent good character. They are wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Wisdom and courage are two virtues that my Grand Father encompassed. He was a very strong and knowledgeable man. His life revolved around going against all odds, he truly believed in beating whatever he was at battle against. His perseverance was with him till the day he died. He passed away at the age of 65, he wasn’t that old, yet he was a very wise man.

His personality was filled with love, care and compassion for others. Very open-minded, when he met someone he was the one who always found the good in them, no matter who they were. If a situation would arise, he never just considered what was likely to occur, he looked at the “whole” picture. His love for learning was obvious, one of his hobbies was reading. When asked why, he would reply, “the more you read, the more you know”. He was a stickler for making us do well in school.

He wanted each of us to have a good education to build our lives out of. He was a Lieutenant in the Federal Prison System for 25 years, after retiring from the Army, his life here was to provide for and protect his family, which he done with a happy, energetic, and determined attitude. His gratitude for life was amazing, he taught us all the meaning of Live, Laugh, Love. He walked this life on faith, while teaching others how to do the same along the way.

Although his life at home was well rounded and energized by his love, his life at work was a very emotional one. It became as if life in prison, was life for him too. He developed emotional attachments to the inmates, He cared for them, he knee their situations, and he knew why they were there. His courage allowed him to become involved in their lives, which paid off in his favor the night he and some others were held hostage in Virginia Federal Prison, by a convicted serial killer.

Yet once again, he put forth is faith, his knowledge and courage and talked the inmate down. He helped release the others, and saved many lives includ8ng his own. Wisdom and courage I think are two virtues that we all should possess. I try to live by good character, I think back on all of the talks me and my Grand Father had, and all the years in between. I smile and think to myself, “yes, I sure wish I could be just like him”.

Aristotle On Happiness And Virtue Essay

In our society today, we are mostly challenged by two questions: ‘is it right to do this or that? And ‘how should I be living in society?’(Bessant, 2009). Similar questions were greatly discussed in the history by our ancestors in their philosophical discussions. The most ancient and long-lasting literature on moral principles and ethics were described by Greek philosopher Aristotle. He had an excellent command on various subjects ranging from sciences to mathematics and philosophy. He was also a student of a famous philosopher. His most important study on ethics, personal morality and virtues is ‘The Nicomachean Ethics’, which has been greatly influencing works of literature in ethics and heavily read for centuries, is believed to be written 2000 years ago. However, it still serves as an iconic work of literature for readers as it provides modern readers with new perspectives to known human behaviors and needs. In his writing, Aristotle insisted that there are no particular standard set for morality and that any ethical theory must be based specifically on the human psychology and human nature. Aristotle’s writings and research is based on analytical methods, which is why it serves as a basis for modern research methods. In the current paper, Aristotle’s view on happiness and virtues will be discussed in details.

Aristotle’s Background
In human history, Greek civilization is found to be one of the oldest and most resourceful civilizations. This civilization gave so many thinkers and philosophers to the World, who have argued excellent ideas and, as a result of this, equipped human beings with the foundation of various branches of knowledge. Modern generations and societies, who have seen major developments in different branches of knowledge, including philosophy, used Greek knowledge and research as their basis. Among some of the great and outstanding thinkers of human civilization, one of the most famous is Aristotle. He worked in countless fields, but his work in the fields of politics and ethics have been remarkable and demands special consideration.
Aristotle was born in Greece in the year 384 B.C (britannica.com, 2013). His father died in his earlier days, leaving Aristotle to be raised by his guardian. At the age of 17, he was admitted into Plato's academy. Plato was also one of the most renowned philosophers. He served for the purpose of edification of the Alexander the Great. At the age of 49, Aristotle started his own school and named is ‘Lyceum’. When Alexander died, Aristotle escaped to Athens fearing life attacks. In 322 B.C, Aristotle died. He was at the age of 62 when he died.
He is honored to be author of ‘The Nicomachean Ethics,’ which was in fact the 1st book ever written on the subject of ethics. The book is greatly influential, even in modern times. By an analysis of Aristotle’s literature, it can be observed that he primarily focused on preaching to be ‘virtuous’ rather than focusing on the theories of what ‘virtue’...

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