Single Idea 105

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / g. Contemplation]

Full Idea

We ought, so far as in us lies, to put on immortality, and do all that we can to live in conformity with the highest that is in us.

Gist of Idea

We should aspire to immortality, and live by what is highest in us


Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics [c.334 BCE], 1177b33)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'Ethics (Nicomachean)', ed/tr. ThomsonJ A K/TredennickH [Penguin 1976], p.331

A Reaction

This high/low picture should be treated with caution. 'Be a good animal, true to your animal self', says a D.H. Lawrence character. Why aspire to what is unattainable?