Essay on Ethics Of Action : Aristotle 's Golden Mean
The renownedly known Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that “virtue is the mean between two extremes”(Biagi 322), and the ethical way of living is finding moderation in the dichotomies of life that may be excessive or insufficient. Some of these dichotomies may consist of cowardliness and confidence, indignation and envy, and honor and dishonor, as a person should find the virtue in the intermediate of each vice in order to have excellent character. Therefore, there is not a partial way of thinking but rather a person considered the components of both vice and attempts to attribute parts of both in their actions. This statement has become known as the golden mean and has helped govern the ethics behind media as the most beneficial part of the Five Philosophical Principles. The golden mean is the most constructive because it is used as a moral compass for those who work in the media business, such as journalist, as it is individualized by a person’s character rather than ambiguous for a generalized crowd.
One could argue that when writing for the media, it is important to have the virtue of a moral compass when finding the intermediate in the extreme of two vices. Aristotle established the moral compass with his golden mean because any individual should have the ability to decipher between what is right and wrong to find what is fair. Equally as important, a virtuous person’s character and living style…