The Importance Of Excellence For Excellence And Excellence Essay

1133 Words Dec 6th, 2016 5 Pages
Today everyone strives to be the best that they can. They worry that they’ll never be good enough and always strive for excellence and try to prove their worth. Whether they are trying to prove their worth to parents, friends, significant others, or their selves; I personally try and prove my worth to myself. This idea of striving for excellence has been around since the times of ancient Greece. The ancient Greek’s had a word for this strive for excellence. Arete´. The word Areté can translated into “the strive for excellence”. Areté can be described in three different examples, the place in which it originated, the “my wall” focus paper, and the “Allegory of the Cave” focus paper.
Ancient Greece was a time of many unique things such as, all powerful god’s, amazing and one of a kind art, and one of my personal favorites, the Olympic Games. Many of these things were stepping stones to what we have today, but they are all materialistic things. Something none materialistic also carried over into today. It’s called Areté. One history blog unintentionally describes Areté perfectly.
The ancient Greeks (mainly the Athenians) were a unique people. They believed that individuals should be free as long as they acted within the laws of Greece. This allowed them the opportunity to excel in any direction they chose. Individuality, as the Greeks viewed it, was the basis of their society. The ability to strive for excellence, no matter what the challenge, was what the Athenians so dearly…

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