Aristotle and Virtue: How People View The Virtue of Forgiveness

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After learning about Aristotle’s review of virtues, two of them stand out, justice and forgiveness. No one can touch justice or forgiveness, but you can see the outcomes when they are demonstrated. Justice and forgiveness are two different virtues that demand motion, with forgiveness it requires a deep feeling to let go, whereas with justice it requires an action a person takes. Forgiveness requires people to participate in a process of releasing bitterness, hate and anger toward someone or something. Aristotle would consider forgiveness to be the sphere of good temper and good temper “is a mean with respect to anger” (Curzer pg 3). When dealing with global issues, forgiveness would be more productive of the two. Reviewing the book The …show more content…
How does forgiveness play in our lives? There were a lot of families in the United States that lost their family members. Forgiving the terrorists for killing their family members would be hard for the people of the United States. The 9/11 attack was not the only attack on us, the Boston bombing was another one. Two guys placed a bomb among many people in the Boston Marathon and many were injured or killed. Again, that would be difficult for the people to forgive those two for killing the their family members, but the thing is if the families from the 9/11 and the Boston bombing attacks don’t forgive the terrorist for killing the family members, they can never find peace. The reason why they would never find peace is because they have to live with a hatred against those people who committed terrible acts and only by releasing them can they truly be at peace with themselves. It would then be up to the US government to serve them justice. The attacks on the United States are just one part of global forgiveness there is another that deal with our troops.
There are some other global issues that involve forgiveness, when the troops overseas fight in the Mideast, some of them have experienced the loss of friends and brothers in war. This can take a toll on people and it is extremely hard for some of our troops to forgive the people we are fighting against for…

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