Single Idea 5859

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 4. External Goods / c. Wealth]

Full Idea

The character of the rich man is that of the mindlessly happy one.

Gist of Idea

Rich people are mindlessly happy


Aristotle (The Art of Rhetoric [c.350 BCE], 1391a)

Book Reference

Aristotle: 'The Art of Rhetoric', ed/tr. Lawson-Tancred,H.C. [Penguin 1991], p.178

A Reaction

Very nice. It is hard to deny that the rich tend to be happy (in some sense of the word), and recent sociological research has tended to demonstrate this, but the pursuit of wealth must inevitably take the focus away from key intellectual pursuits. Yeh?