Plato: Ethics and Virtues Essay

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Week 1 DQ 2
First, eudaimonia is a Greek word, which means a state of happiness or welfare. Greeks also thought that this was a direct result of living by a set of “virtues” (a moral excellence). Virtues can be seen as positive trait or quality deemed to be good. Two examples of virtues, a cheetah’s speed is his or her best virtue, and parents playing with their kids after school.
Since we are attending a Christian University, the three Christian’s religious virtues are love, faith, and hope. Of the three virtues, love is the utmost, for that love is again broken down into six other different actions words. The word love has two positive action words that you should strive to obtain (patient and kind), and four negative action words that you should avoid (envious, boastful, arrogant, and rude). Your own virtues are considered as features cherished as promoting collective (meaning society) and personal greatness.
Now, to answer the questions that do I agree with Plato, “Eudemonia is a direct result of living ethically?” My answer would be no, I do not agree with Plato.
See, eudaimonia means happiness, and you can only be happy though a set of virtues (love, faith, and hope). For example, if two groups of people (Jews and Muslims) don’t share the same views about faith (a belief that is not based or supported by proof), love, and hope (beliefs in good outcomes related to events and circumstances in a person’s life) as one another, how they can decide what a person…