Virtues Of Happiness & Moral Ethics

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Virtues of Happiness & Moral Ethics
An individual’s virtue ethics does not depend on the society that they live in, the spirituality that they follow, or their culture/upbringing; but they depend exclusively on the individuals themselves. Aristotle introduced moral ethics theory in his Nicomachean Ethics books. The idea of ethics is questioning long term goals, ‘what sort of person do I want to be’ instead of instantaneous decisions that question ‘what should I do in this situation?’ Virtues are not so much to do with right or wrong but rather where that decision is coming from. What is in the heart of the person that answers/acts is what matters in the virtuous world. Instead of concentrating on what is the right thing to do, virtue ethics asks how you can be a better person. According to Aristotle this pursuit of constantly trying to improve one’s self to be a better person is what true happiness is in life, as he underlines in his own definition of happiness: “happiness is a certain activity of the soul in conformity with perfect virtue.” (1) (Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Book 1).
As it is with all things, the more you practice something, the better you will be at it. Virtues are not born into us, so the same principle of habits applies to our development of a virtuous life or to a person’s behavior throughout their lives. The more you develop the habit of acting virtuous, the closer you will become to achieving a virtuous life. This is a lifelong commitment as a person…
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