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believes that good people who are morally noble demonstrate virtues of courage and intellect so we should also look to them if we were to be in need of guidance. For Aristotle, something would be understood in the best manner when we look at its purpose and its overall goal. Philosopher Aristotle believes in the balance of all virtues. To him, we should also never compare ourselves to others, in such aspects like wealth, knowledge, education and even down tothe small things like a lifestyle. That is ultimately one of the things that hold us back as we are trying to obtain happiness; looking back at others and their life when we should focus on ours. With that, we should also keep in mind that generally, we are all living for ourselves in the end, so we should depend on nobody but ourselves. He speaks of very valuable virtues, he believes that sometimes success isn’t always something we should be so fond of because failure may be just as valuable if not more. I believe with the theories of Aristotle, that sometimes we should just be as normal as we could be, to not be the talk of the town because that may in itself, result in endings we may not desire. Ultimately, Aristotle seeks out a better life with happiness as one of the goals, and I so strongly agree with that. To Augustine, to acquire happiness, we need to do good our entire life. The problem we struggle with while trying to obtain happiness is that we try too hard to put our love in the wrong places. We misplace our love and with that, we are wrongly loving the things that aren’t going to
lead us to happiness. As humans, we turn and place our love to “power, fame, wealth, appearance…” which may not always be the best move in our life. He believes that sometimes we also love things the wrong way even though they may be the right things. We might give some people excessive love that they may not deserve and while doing that, we are undermining ourselves and our own individual happiness, which is a serious mistake. That is one of the things we must overcome in order to reach our own happiness, realizing we have to put ourselves before others sometimes. He also states that we should love things in a proper order. Only then, would we be able to be truly happy because we are embracing the correct things in the right time and order. Augustine takes quite a religious turn when he questions why we question the exterior world in an attempt to find God, but he’s saying that God is actually in us this entire time. He claims that if we try to live our life seeking for God, we are basically searching for a happy life. With his religious turn in concept, I certainly see where he is coming from because as I grew up in such a religious family, I always saw the influence of God on my family and how they always liked to follow a very God-based life, putting God before all others and always viewing him as a role model. Augustine believes that nobody would ever want unhappiness, everybody wants happiness, and I very strongly agree with him on that.