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If we are looking at Aristotle as a reference of someone who is flourishing even when they are deceitful, selfish, greedy, self-indulgent, I think it is clear that can’t be. “Aristotle also describes a virtue he calls magnanimity, which is how we see ourselves and how we are regarded by others” (Mosser, 2013). I have seen people that look like they are happy or even flourishing inside their marriage but down the road it comes out they aren’t that happy after all. Some have even called these feel-good senses that can be used with a way of dealing with problems in their life. Consider greed, why are people greedy maybe because it makes them feel better when they don’t allow someone to progress so they always stay on top. Wouldn’t you say there is a deeper issue going on if that person always has to be on top no matter how many people it hurts? A simple definition of flourishing is developing rapidly and successfully, notices it doesn’t say anything about in what way you develop rapidly. The first thing I thought about was flourishing materially with assets or cash. This can go further just by looking at someone’s mental state. Maybe just having something to do like helping out a disabled veteran go to an appointment might give you the since of flourishing. Aristotle also said “For the man who is truly good and wise, we think, bears all the chances life becomingly and always makes the best of circumstances.” (Ross, 2012) By not making the best of circumstances allows the person not to flourish actually does the exact opposite and digs a deeper hole.
Mosser, K. (2013). Understanding philosophy [Electronic version]. Retrieved from
https://content.ashford.edu/ Chapter 6: Traditional Theories of Ethics: