true happiness comes only from the knowledge that one is active and performing at the highest level of one’s capabilities as a human.
In other words, to use their reason in order to act morally right.
Being ‘good’ for Aristotle is the same as being happy
One is happy if one’s life goes well. If all is ‘good’ in it. If one fulfils one’s deepest purpose as a human being. This is the source of true happiness.
Humans’ purpose is to exercise their virtues in accordance with their reason.
As human beings, we are made to challenge ourselves, to exercise our abilities and talents, to fight, to look at the world an act in it, to change things, to grow and develop, to use our skills and to be useful ourselves.
Consuming pleasures, on the other hand, leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth, and after the pleasure is gone, we’ve got nothing to show for the wasted time. Get up, Aristotle says. Get up and do something. Because this is what it means to be human, and this is the
For Aristotle, happiness is connected to function. Everything in the universe has a function, and a happy human life is one in which we fulfil that function. Humans’ purpose is to exercise their virtues in accordance with their reason.
ancient philosopher Aristotle believes that happiness is the greatest good for human beings
But what is this happiness
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