My Summary of the Good Life
The Good life can be interpreted in many ways by various people. It is pondered by every individual and can be discussed and analyzed in different ways. The following texts have shown me a very different perspective to the good life. One that I would of never thought I would have. Every person can come to their own decisions to define the good life. I believe after one reads the chosen texts, one will have a better understanding and can determine specific arguments and reasons for their beliefs.
Aristotle claims at the beginning that a person’s whole life is included both on earth and in heaven. When a person is in heaven, we can determine whether their life was in fact, a good life. This is his personal opinion but I believe one can
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Nietzsche openly states that the Christian ethic is the only one. Everyone should love his/her neighbor and act with happiness. The herd morality speaks to our herd instincts which are for everyone to follow the same rules and be equal. This is a true fact that is shown in our society everyday. One is considered moral by following all the rules and acting in an appropriate manner at all times. He then follows up with the fact that he does not expect everyone to follow the rules because some of us were just born to be ‘mindless slaves’. Nietzsche is but then worried about the potential great minority that is seduced into following the herd. The herd is an attempt to control the wilder individuals. The concept of good has formed different meaning over time because different wills have come to appropriate the concept. This particular piece by Nietzsche states very easily how we all operate and think about other individuals. I always had the same sort of views and beliefs like Nietzsche. The good life is following the herd and remaining happy whilst not drawing un-needed attention to you.
Iris Murdoch opens her text by describing Immanuel Kant and his theory of noume and phenomena and the reason and rational part of the mind. A good Lutheran always tried ways to be good. The test rests on two assumptions; that human beings are selfish and the human existence has no ‘telos’ or purpose. Platos states in