Speaking of the virtues, let’s see what the master has to say about them
It is not the case, then, with all the virtues that the exercise of them is pleasant
And that’s why they don’t have any.
“Are you trying to give me a moral sermon here??” It’s a Rorschach test, as always.
The only thing pleasant about some virtues, for Aristotle, is that they achieve their goal. The one in question above is courage for instance. It’s not a “good time”, you just do what you have to do. “Grug only like good time!” How many people would have hit me over the head with a club by now? The Grugettes have other ways of doing it, to be sure. The Juggalettes I might call them.
Anyway, if people ever bring up the concept of virtue (which is close to never in our fallen times) it’s usually spoken of in the singular. It’s very possible to isolate individual ones and study virtues in the plural.
They’re all interlocking. Given that many virtues are unpleasant you need the virtue of courage to actualize other virtues. Remember courage can be seen as an aristocratic virtue they don’t want “the people” to have. This ties in with humor as well, and why the best jokers tend to be men. You need to be brave to rise above the Law of the Unjust City.
How to tempt the hedonists
acting virtuously produces a different sort of pleasure (noble pleasure)
It’s true though.
I feel a dignity about the fact that I can read about this stuff without feeling guilty or rationalizing, do you?
I’m sure I’ll hit something eventually though that makes me rethink whether I should adjust an imbalanced (non)virtue. That’s the value of studying this subject.
I say this as a friend to the extent that’s possible with the left- you could use a rebalancing of modesty. The fact that it in excess leads to losing contact with the rest of the virtues you should recognize as perhaps the worst vice of all.
In Relativismworld this must sound like gibberish. “Virtue is in the eye of the beholder.” That’s up for you to decide if you feel uneasy when I talk about these things. Everyone makes mistakes- the point is to recognize them as that and cease doing it.
For me Aristotle is difficult because this “rebalancing” is called the “doctrine of the mean” and I’m a mean person in another sense of the word, so it always gives me doubts about my behavior. We need someone who snarls and sneers, I’m not going to apologize, Aristotle.
Oh man, this describes so many people
the desire to throw away their shields and run from battle
Those shields have been lying on the ground, and grass is growing on them at this point.
Studying virtue ethics has tangible effects. It’s making me feel more mellow. I’m usually way not mellow enough. It has different effects on different people depending on their individual imbalances. The people who see me as Satan must think it’s a real laugh to see me talking about virtues. Well here I am, I’m not allergic to the stuff. Are you? Who’s Satan here, let me know.