Wednesday, March 18, 2009

blah blah of the day

Pretty much a random day today. Took a guest visit at a philosophy lecture at University of Canterbury. It was good, made me think why I never thought of joining UC instead of D&A. Not that I am complaining about D&A (would never ever) but then UC also sounds and looks and seems and appears such of a uni feeling...
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Philosophy lectures on Aristotlic thought. Main point was that there is situation and character. And what a person does in a particular situation does not determine the uprightness or wrongness of his character because situations play a big role (if not bigger role) in generating response from that person.
Long story though.
And Aristotle says happiness is the ultimate end of all human works. Which I think is wrong. Because happiness is not an end. There is never a point where a person can say, "I have happiness now and I did not have this 'happiness' I didn't have before this point."
But also the points of happiness are also virtues and elements like discipline, self esteem and so on. Does this make happiness (if it indeed is made of these things) an end?

Isn't happiness rather, a mere acceptance of things as they are and being able to find reasons to be merry in that situation? Atleast that's what I think happiness is. Because I am pretty sure that to reach that point through striving to be a better person, that point of happiness, is more or less impossible for a person to even attempt.

1 comment:

agus_cermentious said...

organized by debbie??? guest it should be canteen lunch time, wasn't it?