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Aristotles thoughts of ethics conclude that all humans must have a purpose in life in order to be happy I believe that some of the basics of his ideas still hold true today This essay points out some of those ideas It was Aristotles belief that everything including humans had a telos or goal in life The end result or goal was said to be happiness or eudaimonia He explained that eudaimonia was different for each person and that each had a different idea of what it meant Further he said that people must do things in moderation but at the same time do enough The theory of the golden mean of moderation was the basis to Aristotles idea of the human telos and concluded that living a virtuous life must be the same for all people Aristotle maintained that the natural human goal to be happy could only be achieved once each individual determined hisher goal A persons telos is would usually be what that individual alone can do best Aristotle described the humans as rational animals whose telos was to reason Accordingly Aristotle thought that in order for humans to be happy they would have to be able to reason and to be governed by reason If a person had difficul ty behaving morally or with ethics he was thought to be imperfect Moral virtue a principle of happiness was the ability to evade extremes in behavior and further to find the mean between it and adequacy Aristotles idea of an ideal state was one where the populous was able to practice ethics and virtue Therefore if a person did something to please him or herself it must also please general public He said was also important to understand the acts performed towards virtue because it directly related to the character of the resulting morals Aristotle felt that fear and pain influenced ethics as people would avoid that which heshe was scared
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