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To be happy is to attain a mean between virtues morals pleasures and goals There are two kinds of mean The first mean is arithmetical and it is the same for everyone and is according to entity itself The second mean is ethical and it is not the same for everyone It is according to us If a person can learn to find a balance and become satisfied with his situation as a result of that balance he will be happy Consider a situation of this paper - It has taken me time to complete and I have had pains in writing it but I write it to achieve a greater goal a good grade By achieving a good grade I will pass the class and thus be happy but there is always the chance that I may not get a good grade thus not achieving happiness This possibility now presents a problem in all theories No matter what we do if we complete our duties and if we are morally virtuous there are always cases that have the possibility of hindering us from achieving happiness even if that was our goal Thus one must never lead his life by the assumptions of others on what paths must be taken in order to achieve happiness or a good life We must lead our own lives to the best of our abilities and in being happy knowing we have made our own paths then and only then can we truly be happy Overall Aristotles teachings have pointed out that happiness as an end in itself is the ultimate end and function of human beings The only method of attainting this happiness is through reason A life that does not exercise the capacity to reason will end up in some way being incomplete and never reach perfection Therefore reason is not only good for us but necessary to reach a compete life Between these two philosophies the
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