Aristotle's Theory of the Good Life

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According to Aristotle, the good life is the happy life, as he believes happiness is an end in itself. In the Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle develops a theory of the good life, also known as eudaimonia, for humans. Eudaimonia is perhaps best translated as flourishing or living well and doing well. Therefore, when Aristotle addresses the good life as the happy life, he does not mean that the good life is simply one of feeling happy or amused. Rather, the good life for a person is the active life of functioning well in those ways that are essential and unique to humans. Aristotle invites the fact that if we have happiness, we do not need any other things making it an intrinsic value. In contrast, things such as money or power are…show more content…
Aristotle's point is not that amusement is in and of itself a bad thing; he believes that amusement does have some value. It holds value because pleasure and amusement can revive and rejuvenate us, permitting us to lead a life consisting of virtue with improved strength. We pursue amusement so that we can participate in serious activities on the quest of genuine happiness and satisfaction. Nowadays, it seems like most of us have this notion reversed. We value amusement and entertainment compared to almost anything else. We have a profound desire for amusement. We work harder and longer so that we can afford to entertain ourselves in new and sometimes expensive ways. However, to make this our highest good in life is to neglect the authentic happiness that comes from being a truly good human being (or attempting to be such a person). Happiness is a virtue. Though in amusement, we can sense the presence of happiness, that is, something that is allowing us to feel happiness, in the end, we must decide to turn away from the amusement in order to maintain our happiness. Therefore, true and lasting happiness, in this sense cannot ultimately be found in amusement. However, you must also associate the word amusement with distraction-- something that is outside our daily routine that for some reason
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