Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Eudaemonia

Aristotle's concept of eudaemonia is the pursuit of a well-lived life. Without delving deep into his philosophical idea, it is basically the pursuit of happiness through virtue rather than through material acquisition. It is believed one cannot truly be happy in life with the acquisition of wealth, power, and beauty alone and must lead a life of virtue and good character in order to achieve true happiness. Fast forwarding Aristotle's idea into our modern day and one can quickly surmise we have by and large become a hedonistic society in pursuit of material acquisition at the expense of virtue and good character. Today's society has become consumed with the pursuit of a comfortable life, a life free of pain, challenges, and adversity. As a result, people have become weak, soft, and lazy barely able to cope with life without prescription drugs like Zoloft, Paxil, or Lunesta (not to mention the legalization of marijuana). Whenever we get a healthy dose of life we should embrace the pain and adversity instead of avoiding it, for these type of experiences is where our strength and character is built. When we overcome life challenges we become fearless and confident that we can handle anything that comes our way without cowering back into our comfortable corners. It is when we overcome that we truly experience a well-lived life.

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