“ [N]o supremely happy man can ever become miserable…” (I.10, 1100b.30)
This above statement is from the chapter in which Aristotle discusses “Can a man be called ‘happy’ during his lifetime?”.
From the micro perspective, the whole chapter is about whether happiness should be defined as permanent or momentary. Starting with Solon’s words and opposed examples illustrated by Aristotle, Aristotle leads us to deeply develop the definition and understanding of happiness. In his opinion, “happiness has permanence and is not amenable to changes under any circumstances”. Another element, for instance, fortune has the power to influence one’s happiness and revolve many times in one’s lifetime; however, Aristotle shows fortune …show more content…
I strongly agree with the statement. Though changes may occur during one’s lifetime, they would not affect the true happiness. For instance, the life experience of Confucius can be considered as a robust verification of the statement. Confucius was an aristocratic descendent from Shang Dynasty but, after his father’s early death, the fortunes of his family declined. In addition, his official career was less than satisfactory. Confucius was a preeminent figure due to his wisdom; nevertheless, the Duke of Chou Dynasty placed peculiar weight on him only for his knowledge instead of his talent of governing a country. Those unsatisfactory events that