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Philosophy Internal Assessment Scarlett Hood – IB #000841-021 Classen School of Advanced Studies Oklahoma City, Oklahoma U.S.A Session: May 2011 Word Count: 1,756 Best Society: The Path to Self-Discovery
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IB #000841-021 2 and the Road to Eudemonia When I was a child, I thought, Casually, that solitude Never needed to be sought. Something everybody had, Like nakedness, it lay at hand, Not specially right or specially wrong, A plentiful and obvious thing Not at all hard to understand. Then, after twenty, it became At once more difficult to get And more desired - though all the same More undesirable; for what You are alone has, to achieve The rank of fact, to be expressed In terms of others, or it's just A compensating make-believe. Much better stay in company! To love you must have someone else, Giving requires a legatee, Good neighbours need whole parishfuls Of folk to do it on - in short, Our virtues are all social; if, Deprived of solitude, you chafe, It's clear you're not the virtuous sort. Viciously, then, I lock my door. The gas-fire breathes. The wind outside Ushers in evening rain. Once more Uncontradicting solitude Supports me on its giant palm; And like a sea-anemone Or simple snail, there cautiously Unfolds, emerges, what I am. (Larkin) In the poem, Best Society , by Philip Larkin, the main emphasis is one upon the ethical idea that as a child, one believes they understand the world and are never wrong. However, as a person ages and they go through certain experiences, they soon learn the world has different
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IB #000841-021 3 aspects to it and the world cannot be so easily interpreted. The perceptions of an older person are a lot more complex and less simple than they were as a child. Ethical behavior is strongly guided by a moral code or set of principles, which is the foundation of people’s unique character. This code evolves from determining what is right versus what is wrong, and society, through the years, has defined several of these aspects. Ethics define the code that a society or group of people adhere to while morality delves into right and wrong at a much deeper level, which is both personal and spiritual (Manisha). Children are taught by their parents at a young age to do the “Right thing” and learn from their mistakes. Therefore, this begs the question, what is the right thing and what causes the differentiation between right and wrong? Larkin and Aristotle both believe the people are seeking eudemonia and employing certain virtues to get there. One’s background and upbringing are the key ingredients to defining themselves, their
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