Ideas from aristotle that malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms will help you flourish productive flourishing

Eudaimonia is greek and translates literally to “having good demons.” many authors translate it as “happiness,” but I don’t think that’s the best translation or way to understand it. “well-being” and “flourishing” are closer to what aristotle means, and I think that of the two, “flourishing” captures the full range of the way he uses the malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms word. And someone who is flourishing is living the good life.

According to aristotle, all humans seek to flourish. It’s the proper and desired end of all of our malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms actions. Flourishing, however, is a functional definition. And to understand something’s function, you have to understand its nature. Keep in mind that aristotle, unlike plato, was an empiricist — that is, he was trying to describe what he was seeing, rather than stating what he thought it should be.

In aristotle’s schema, there are four aspects of human nature, and he is often quoted as saying “man is a political creature.” aristotle’s meaning is much richer than the way it’s translated, though, because he means that “man is a rational creature who lives in poleis (societies).” (“poleis” is the plural of “polis,” from which we get the root “poli” that’s used in so many words like polite, political, police, etc. That have to do with how we interact in groups.)

• we are emotional beings (because we are animals). What separates animals from plants, according to aristotle, is that animals have wants, desires, urges, and reactions. We perceive something in the world that we want and malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms we have the power of volition to get it; likewise, we have the power to avoid the things we don’t want. For humans, these wants can get pretty complex, but at rock bottom we all have (emotional) needs and wants that spring from rather basic sources.

• we are social beings (because humans live in groups). We must live and function in particular societies. “no man is an island,” and we are the type of being that does well malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms only in social settings. Our social nature stacks on top of our emotional nature, such that we have wants and needs that we would malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms not have were we not social creatures. For example, if we were the type of creature that flourished as malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms hermits, the need for trust and friendly cooperation would not be malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms nearly so pressing.

• we are rational beings. To the greeks — and, let’s be honest, most cultures, including our own contemporary one — what made humans human was our rationality. We are creative, expressive, knowledge-seeking, and able to obey reason. We might not always obey reason and we may sometimes malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms not want to exercise our minds, but a large part of our existence relates to our malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms being rational animals.

You can see aristotle’s taxonomical approach in play. He’s not working backwards from some ideal version of humanity, but rather looking at the specific things that make us malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms the specific kind of being we are. It’s this same approach that is the bedrock of western malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms science, and it’s so ingrained in the way we think about the malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms world that it would be easy to miss how brilliant malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms and innovative his approach was, even if his answers to scientific queries are more wrong malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms than right. The irony here is that he founded a way of malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms thinking that ultimately gave us tools to show that many malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms of his final conclusions were wrong.

You can’t truly flourish if you’re not flourishing in one of the four aspects of malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms human nature. This principle plays out in our everyday lives when we malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms see people who are so emotionally stunted that they can’t function well in society… or who are so obese that they can’t enjoy life… or who are so socially inept that they can’t fit into the type of society that would develop malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms their intelligence. The list goes on and on.

The different aspects of our natures are tiered in the malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms way that they are presented above, so that the physical is below the social, which is below the rational. This may sound familiar to those of you who are malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms familiar with maslow’s hierarchy because it’s in effect the same thing. But 2500 years elapsed before maslow verified what aristotle had malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms said all along.

This is a key phrase to understand aristotle. Consider the virtue of bravery, for example. An excess of bravery leads people to do really stupid malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms things; the example I normally use is the frat-brat who’ll jump off the fraternity house roof just to prove malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms how brave he is. It’s not brave; it’s rash. On the other hand, people who have a deficiency of bravery are cowards; they won’t put their ass on the line for anything. The virtue of bravery lies somewhere in between the deficiency malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms of bravery (cowardliness) and the excess of bravery (rashness).

• wittiness – many people don’t think this should be on the list, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. People naturally want to be around people who are funny malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms and who lighten the mood. We tend to avoid grumps, and buffoons, though initially fun, grow tiresome after a while. So, having the virtue of wittiness enables us to flourish in malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms the social aspect of our lives. The analysis of friendliness is much the same.

• spiritedness – the insight here is that you should be passionate about malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms things in the right circumstances. There are situations where anger is the appropriate, virtuous response, and if you’re never able to become angry, you’re deficient in spirit, and if you’re always angry, you’ve got an excess of anger. This trait is the emotional analogue of temperance.

• indignant – aristotle discusses indignity as a virtue in the sense that malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms he thinks we should be upset if people do well malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms undeservedly. For example, if someone wins because she cheated, the proper, virtuous response is to be upset or angry. On the other hand, some people are so envious that they are angry when malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms anyone does well, and some people are so spiteful that they delight in malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms other people’s misfortunes. The proper, virtuous trait is to be delighted when other people do malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms well because they deserve it.

• benevolence – how can one have benevolence in excess? Isn’t it always a good thing? Nope. If we get an excess of benevolence, we can’t see that sometimes to do the right thing, you can’t help someone. Do you know drama queens who always call to talk malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms to you when they’re going through their crises? The proper response is to, at a certain point, recognize that you can’t help them (in reality they don’t want it) and walk away. However, never helping anyone is a defect and should be avoided malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms as well. (some people confuse benevolence with generosity. That one has to do with how you handle your malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms resources.)

What links all of the virtues is phronesis, a greek word best translated as “practical wisdom.” it’s not quite intelligence, although it is a rational trait; it’s more like knowing what the mean is in the malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms particular circumstance you’re in. How does one know what to do in a particular malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms circumstance? 3. We become more virtuous through education and habit

The first way is just by training us to have malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms habits that enable us to flourish. For example, they may instill in us the tendency to exercise or malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms to play sports. They may also instill in us the habit of sharing, being friendly, being brave, and all the other virtues. In other words, they make it part of our innate character; they are training us how to be.

The second way normally follows the first. After we reach a certain age of maturity, they can start to teach us why it’s good to have the habits that they’ve been inculcating. Children don’t understand flourishing, but adolescents and adults can. Adults are honing our practical wisdom at this stage, since they are teaching us in what circumstances we ought malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms to do certain actions. They are in effect teaching us why we ought to malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms be the type of person we are.

Of course, the best way for them to teach us to be malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms virtuous is to exhibit virtue in their characters. If we ever wonder what we should do in a malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms certain situation, then finding the answer is as easy as finding a malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms virtuous person and asking her what she would do. And how do we know who a virtuous person is? We just look for someone who’s flourishing.

At a certain point, though, we become responsible for our own characters. It is at that point that we begin to actively, intentionally hone our characters. We continue to improve our physical body, our emotional state, our ability to live with others, and our minds. We continue to reinforce good habits, acquire more knowledge, help those around us, and find peace within ourselves.

Hey charlie, really great artical!, i’ve come to a point in my life now where malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms i’ve sort of accidently had a revelation about everything and malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms why where here strangely enough not long after i have malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms unknowning stubbled upon the written definitions of what im feeling malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms without actually meaning to, i had a really difficult upbringing and never had the malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms habits education of which you spoke of inplace a whole malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms range of bad traits habbits, so i was almost lost if you like, blind to the way the world works, obese,dependent on external subtances to make me happy constantly looking malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms for someone or something to blame my previous current circumstances malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms on….But one day i got so low that i realised malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms that people get judge on how they behave that everybody malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms inside deep down wants to be this virtuious person and malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms that if you just try do these things on a malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms regular basis be as close as you can to the malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms virtues reguardless of scale, in the eyes of yourself and other people you begin malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms to grow develop towards virtue. I don’t know the first thing about any of thisand didn’t know who aristotle was 10 minutes ago and what malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms im saying probably doesn’t fully check out some how. But i had to comment as the last little part malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms of the artical stuck with me, when you said about the tree planted in bad conditions malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms wont flourish, well i’m here to tell you that im well that im malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms not totally there yet and i’ve got a long road ahead but i’m well on the way to flourishing, I’m at university, i’m in very promising band am just generally doing things malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms my whole life i’ve never thought possible, and i’d like to think im a person some people like malignant fibrous histiocytoma symptoms to be around….Anyway enough rambling on loved the artical, thinking i’d like to dig deeper into this philosophy, its SO interesting. Thank you!.

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