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    Journal: Virtue, Appr.
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    Does virtue neccessitate, as Aristotle asserted in his work Nicomachean Ethics, both right action and right belief? For instance, if you end poverty, achieve peace and dismantle global warming, but do so accidentally or with ulterior motives, are you not virtuous? Must right beliefs precede right actions?

    I think otherwise. Deeds, not beliefs, determine virtue. Beliefs may indicate or predict future-virtue; however, at any moment, they are irrelevant. At any moment, only deeds matter.

    Some might argue that beliefs mandate that all actions accord with them. But in this I agree with Aristotle that people can control themselves and act differently from their beliefs(enkrateia).

    Accordingly, New Year Resolutions often prove opposed to virtue. They emanate from a belief (or a pale imitation of it) and seek to, but often fail to, influence actions. The person making a New Year Resolution, seeks motivation not from the need for action, but from the rarity and specialness of New Year Time.

    I find it strange that we have labelled so many illnesses, but not healthinesses. Specifically, we possess terms for physical (eg. cancer) and mental (eg. schizophrenia) disorders, but not for physical and mental orders. You know what to call people without eyes (blind) or ears (deaf); but what do you call those with 2 functioning eyes or ears?

    This stems from the invisibility of health and the prominence of sickness. Harmony passes us unnoticed; disharmony rankles. Thomas Caryle noted the same in his essay Characteristics: "The healthy know not of their health, but only the sick."

    Correspondingly, most people can criticize, but not appreciate others. Thus, appreciation attains critical importance-- it helps the other focus on and build his positives, while strengthening the relation between you and him.

    Why then, you may ask, do we witness examples of extravagant praise at a feedback site such as ES? I believe it stems from a desire to encourage others. Eitherways, I think sycophancy merits appreciation. After all, false praise always bases itself on some reality.

    Praise someone falsely today.

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    hey you! long time no habla! what have you been up to?

    | Posted on 2009-04-05 01:07:32 | by Draumrkopa - [ Reply to This ] -
    I disagree with you assertions about virtue because they imply a never ending result. The effects of an action can only be measured when time itself halts, which we stipulate will never happen based on its nature. Ergo, how can one scrutinize actions and conclude virtue?

    Arguing oblivious virtue as being actual virtue is nonsensical in its own right because the metaphysical implications of obliviousness are copious; an empty serving of reason. Why not suggest that I could obliviously be right? Just think about it. Virtue as defined is rightly moral excellence. You can't accidentally be good. Or else the devil and all that is evil would be decadent, essentially their own bane. The path to hell can be paved with good deeds. Otherwise you do not agree with our legal system and its classification of murder. Premeditated murder and manslaughter.

    Lastly, and simply, luck is not virtue. Acts without intent who just happen to be virtuous aren't tangible virtuosity. They are the product of hazard and fortune - not virtue.

    As for appreciation: simplicity is a complexity we've yet to appreciate. I do agree that we placidly tend towards negativity by nature, entropy has dominion on our lives. Discipline isn't the mastery of the self, merely the appreciation of something. Sports and professions are not a discipline because of the training, but because the worker (and yes this is very utopic and ideal) appreciates the perfection of his own profession, method for the laity has no inclined or conscious appreciation. I also believe you've forgotten a word in your answer to why this lack of appreciation does not apply to ES. "Selfish desire" They do not encourage others because they want to see them excel. They do so because they see themselves in others that are similar to themselves, because they want themselves to ascend. Likewise, reciprocation is strongly stressed on the website, hence the person may want his pupil to reciprocate his empty flatteries.

    That is all. Good year to you - only being as I don't not say these things.
    | Posted on 2008-01-31 02:31:32 | by Outlaw - [ Reply to This ] -
    Hey Muse/Alberry,

    Haven't seen you on the site lately, hope you're doing fine!

    | Posted on 2008-01-26 15:49:26 | by Draumrkopa - [ Reply to This ] -
    Yes, sir. But it is for the best, on a greater scale.
    I will email you soon!
    | Posted on 2008-01-25 07:14:25 | by JenFlynn - [ Reply to This ] -
    | Posted on 2008-01-03 10:50:07 | by JenFlynn - [ Reply to This ] -
    Wow. Thanks for the comment abbacus/alberry. I'll definitely use some of your suggestions, not all but some. Thanks again. Hope to talk to you some other time...I enjoyed our talk very much.
    | Posted on 2008-01-03 04:49:22 | by Draumrkopa - [ Reply to This ] -

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