Cultivating the Virtues


If we all were to take efforts in virtues, community and we ourselves would have the best of it.

That’s what Aristotle said in Nicomachean Ethics. I was reminded of this thought when I was researching on what to read next and stumbled upon the book of John Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court.

In one review a person went through his nine promises to himself. Very powerful stuff, essentially it reminded me of this thought about virtues and the virtuous actions.

Virtuous action is desirable, by how to keep the flame going? Aristotle pointed out that self-love is even more important than friendship, because in the end our feelings will reflect to others. Yet he adds that friendship is important and essential aspect of the good life.

Self-love is what allows us to become more forgiving, and positive. It’s about being kind to ourselves and thus because we are able to overcome the negative in ourselves, we are able to celebrate the successes of others and bring out the best in others.

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