Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox FordA Tale of Passion, as its subtitle declares, The Good Soldier relates the complex social and sexual relationships between two couples, one English, one American, and the growing awareness by the American narrator John Dowell of the intrigues and passions behind their orderly Edwardian facade. It is the attitude of Dowell, his puzzlement, his uncertainty, and the seemingly haphazard manner of his narration that make the book so powerful and mysterious. Despite its catalogue of death, insanity, and despair, the novel has many comic moments, and has inspired the work of several distinguished writers, including Graham Greene. This is the only annotated edition available.
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Excellence Comes by Habit: Aristotle on Moral Virtue
All too often we are inclined to think of excellence as the product of good genes and good fortune rather than our personal habits. The fates bestow their blessings indiscriminately and haphazardly, and the talented and successful are the lucky recipients of excellence, while the rest of us are mired in mediocrity. Those who rise to the top, the outliers , as Malcolm Gladwell calls them, were born that way, or else became that way because of a combination of heredity, privileged upbringing and opportune circumstances. Of course, as Christians, we attribute all of these factors to the providence of God and can relativize the importance of them by appealing to a heavenly hope. The situation gets trickier for us Christians when we think of moral virtue.
It has been shown that there are two kinds of virtue — intellectual and moral. Intellectual virtue is the result of learning. Moral virtue, on the other hand, comes about as the result of habit and practice. This shows that the moral virtues are not implanted in man by nature, for nothing created by nature can be made to change its direction or tendency by habit, nor are the moral virtues produced in man against nature. Man is not born either moral or immoral, but he has the capacity to develop moral virtue and this capacity can only be developed through habituation. The development of moral excellence is not comparable to the development of other human capabilities. All men are endowed with certain faculties by nature.
Though it was written more than 2, years ago, it offers readers today many valuable insights into human needs and conduct. Aristotle follows Socrates and Plato in taking the virtues to be central to a well-lived life.
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