THE GOLDEN MEAN OF ARISTOTLE

THE MIDDLE PATH- the GOLDEN MEAN OF ARISTOTLE.

Every man wants to be happy. How and by what he will achieve this goal only few know. Those who know do not put enough efforts. Lord Buddha showed us the middle path. The path leading to happiness. We will talk about it later.

Let us see what the great philosopher ARISTOTLE said.

The chief condition of happiness, then, barring certain physical prerequisites, is the life of reason-the specific glory and power of man. Virtue, or rather excellence, will depend on clear judgment , self-control, symmetry of desire, artistry of means; it is not the possession of the simple man, nor the gift of innocent intent, but the achievement of experience in the fully developed man. Yet there is a road to it, a guide to excellence, which may save many delays: it is the middle way, the golden mean. 

                VICES                          VIRTUE                                  EXTREMES

        COWARDICE                    COURAGE                                    RASHNESS

       STINGINESS                    LIBERALITY                             EXTRAVAGANC E         

       SLOTH                              AMBITION                                  GREED

      HUMILITY                     MODESTY                                     PRIDE

      SECRECY                         HONESTY                                    LOQUACITY

     MOROSENESS               GOOD HUMOR                            BUFFOONERY

QUARRELSOMENESS         FRIENDSHIP                         FLATTERY

 INDECISIVENESS              SELF CONTROL                   IMPULSIVENESS

  LEARN  AND PRACTICE  TO BE  HAPPY. IT IS IN YOUR HAND ,THE MIND IS WITH YOU.TRAIN IT SO THAT IT CAN GIVE YOU LESS TROUBLE AND ASSIST YOU LIKE A FRIEND.    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 These virtues shown  are formed in man by his doing the actions rightly; we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit attained by training and habituation.

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