The Good Life Is One Inspired By Love And Guided By Knowledge

905 Words Nov 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Bertrand Russell once stated that, “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge”. In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle creates the concept of a good life that humans should try to acquire. But Aristotle’s concept of a good life is unattainable by humans. He expresses that the ultimate human goal is happiness, but complete happiness is unattainable. He then describes the pivotal role of virtue in the concept of happiness and without virtue one cannot obtain happiness.
In Book 1 of Nicomachean Ethics, Virtue is nearly described as possible but not desirable, as Aristotle states, “For it seems to be possible for someone to possess virtue even while asleep or while being inactive throughout life and, in addition to these, while suffering badly and undergoing the greatest misfortunes. But no one would deem happy somebody living in this way...”(7) Aristotle is stating that one can obtain virtue through life by being inactive or even to the extreme of sleeping, but it is not doing anything that would bring fulfillment to one’s life. Yet this life would hurt one who is trying to obtain happiness. But the inactive way of life is opposing the “good life” that Aristotle describes. In order to obtain it one would need to be active in such to create virtue for the role of happiness in one’s life. Aristotle explains that the human function of life is activity using the part of the soul that has reason. He extends this further by illustrating that some sort of…

Related Documents