The Human Good, And The Quality Of Pleasure

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There exists a relation to the best activity that is the human good, and the quality of pleasure; of which accompanies, and is a result of action. Pleasure per Aristotle exists in an unimpeded activity, and in the bloom of youth. Virtue is needed to find what is pleasurable and what is good. Proper choice is needed to deliberately desire the best good, and as such it will be that what is most virtuous. The human good lies in an activity and that the most continuous activity is life. The human good is an activity of contemplation, and is thus the happiest of all things. Pleasure as a the best choice will be in the state of contemplation; the activity of the human good.
Aristotle describes the importance of pleasure in relation to the human life; that is, pleasure is important and needed for a life to be virtuous. Though he describes pleasure in two ways, first he makes it a significant aspect of one’s life. “For pleasure is a state of soul, and to each man that which he is said to be a lover of is pleasant… the lovers of what is noble find pleasant the things that are by nature pleasant; and virtuous actions are such, so that these are pleasant for such men as well as in their own nature” (Nicomachean Ethics, 1.8 1099a7-15). Having pleasure, a feeling of satisfaction, joy, and even ecstasy, is a state of the soul. It is something to be drawn towards and feeling that one should strive to gain. Those who practice a noble life and are virtuous will naturally come to find…

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