Plato's Slavish: A Symbol Of Happiness

We live in a world where our possessions are a symbol of success. The bigger the car the louder that speaks about your bank account. Most people buy things as just something to do here in America. We are a particularly wasteful society. There is an uneven distribution of wealth and the poor can live right in the same neighborhood as the ultra rich. Most of the people here plan their lives around what will make them successful. They use the word success as a way of saying “well off enough to buy everything I want”. When the thing that will make you happy is what you should be doing and if that is where you are supposed to be the money will follow.

On the path that a person chooses to grow up they think about many things before deciding what
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He says things like “ isn’t it particularly true that the types concerned with the care of the body partake in less truth and being that those concerned with the care of the soul?” (Plato, 2012) This shows that Plato sees pleasures of the body or pleasures in general as a distraction. When it comes to temperament humans are not too fond of everything in moderation naturally. There is a natural inclination to want more and acquire more. Plato calls this life “Slavish” (Plato, 2012) if you are only concerned with wanting more because you will always be tending to an un-fillable void with stuff. The people who live a tyrannical life if not live a life of greed then they are very close. Living this life separates you from God because you are not living a generous life. Happiness is a symbol of God’s graces on your life. You cannot find happiness unless you have the distractions contained. God wants his people to be giving and a tyrannical person is the exact opposite they only give to …show more content…
He describes happiness as something “honorable and complete” (Aristotle, 2014). A person who is never satisfied with what they have consequently, is not complete. They always want more. The next thing is on their mind when they buy what they wanted. How is that going to ever be complete? That is an endless ladder of desire. When a person cannot satisfy all their desires they feel empty and an unfulfilled life is not a happy one. Aristotle also says “The incontinent person is the sort to pursue bodily pleasures that are excessive and contrary to correct reason.” (Aristotle, 2014) He also states “every incontinent person is the sort to have regrets.” (Aristotle, 2014) Pursuing bodily pleasures leads you to have regrets. When reason is not taken into consideration the person has a greater chance of regretting their decision. A pursuit of pleasure never fulfills itself. The body likes many things for example when a person becomes hungry logically they go eat. This is a natural

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