You are getting ready to sign up for your next semester and you have sought advising. Your adviser is Aristotle. You work 40 hours a week, have a boyfriend/girlfriend, and love spending time with your family and having time alone reading and watching movies. What advice would Aristotle give you in order for you to be virtuous and an excellent student? Keep Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics in mind and be complete.
According to Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, a virtuous person is someone who has "excellent character" or is an "excellent human"; the main goal is not only to assess and understand the situation, but also to be moral and generally good. Aristotle argues that virtue is not something we acquire coincidentally or by chance. Society would try to teach us how to be virtuous; however, we cannot be virtuous just because we believe that something is right; we must also learn and practice virtue by ourselves and discover what it means to be a good person.
In this context, Aristotle would advise me to be moderate in everything I choose to do. In order for me to be an excellent student, I must take time to focus on my studies and organize my day-to-day activities, as a virtuous person is someone who exercises their intellect and works hard to improve their skills. However, he would also encourage me not to neglect my friends and loved ones and be good and responsible at work, as a virtuous person is someone who is not ashamed to enjoy life and its pleasures; in this regard, he would also advise me not to be selfish. Happiness itself is not a virtue, but something that we should strive to achieve, or an "exercise of virtue." Thus, whatever we choose to do in order to enjoy life (love, socialize, work, study) essentially defines our pursuit of happiness.
Additionally, he would tell me that there is no such thing as a perfect life. The road to happiness will be full of laughter and excitement, but also of sadness and pain. During these times, I must try to be patient and brave, as sadness and pain can help me grow as a moral person.
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