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.