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Aristotle's view
By: Patty Smith

Aristotle's view Essay submitted by Patty Smith Is life really about the 'money', the
'cash', the 'hoes', who has the biggest gold chain or who drives the shiniest or fastest
car, who sells the most albums or who has the most respect? Aristotle challenges views,
which are similar to the ones held and shown by rap artists such as Jay-Z and the
Notorious B.I.G., by observing that everything in the universe, including humans, has a
telos, or goal in life. He states that the goal of a human life is to achieve happiness or
eudaimonia. I believe that Aristotle is completely correct in his reasoning of the purpose
of human nature. He even explains how happiness is different for every person, and each
different type of person has a different idea of eudaimonia. He then goes on to talk about
how a person must do all things in moderation, not doing the excess but at the same time
doing just enough. This idea, called the "golden mean of moderation" was the backbone
support to Aristotle's idea of human telos because it concluded that living a virtuous
life must be the same for all people because of the way human beings are built. Aristotle
argued that the goal of human beings is happiness, and that we achieve happiness when we
fulfill our function. Therefore, it is necessary to determine what our function is. The
function of a thing, or its telos, is what it alone can do, or what it can do best. Like
the function of the eye is to see, Aristotle declared the human being as the "rational
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