Happiness Book Report

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Happiness Essay

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 goal in life. He states that the goal of a human life is
to achieve happiness. 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 happiness. In my opinion, a
person must do all things in moderation, not doing the excess but at the same time doing
just enough. 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, is what it alone can do, or what it can do
best. Like the function of the eye is to see, the human being is a "rational animal" whose
function is to reason. Thus, a happy life for human beings is a life governed by reason.
Many psychologists believe that a person who has difficulty behaving ethically is morally
imperfect. An ideal person practices moderation. Robert Epstein, as quoted in Psychology
today, says that this moral virtue, of which happiness comes from, is a matter of avoiding
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