Aristotle and Virtue

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Who are we? Why are we here? What is our purpose? These are questions that have plagued humanity since the dawn of time. Human nature is a complex and awesome entity that belies explanation at the same time it demands answers; seeks truth and unification as it explains itself with imagery and diversity and more or less plods along, pulling it's cart in search of the elusive and proverbial carrot we call actualization. More often …

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…stems from fulfilling our potential, or using reason to remain in the balance of the Golden Mean. Just as a Shakespearean sonnet wouldn't be a sonnet with either thirteen or fifteen lines, virtue isn't virtue if it is in excess or deficiency. In short, Aristotle says that while the potential for a virtuous life is within all of us, it is up to us to use our greatest gift, reason, to achieve our own happiness.