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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Taking a step in a different, tho related direction, am now going to go over the virtues listed as applications of the values primary to the flourishing of a person.. a virtue, it should be understood, is consists of recognising facts, and acting on them.. rationality is the prime virtue, from which all the others are derived.... it is the acting on the value of reason, thereby extending the wellbeing of the individual and enlarging the sphere of influence on the world around... this is because reason is more than sensating and perceiving - it is frawing abstractions via conceptualizations and as such, instead of being as animals adapting to the enviroment around them as best as they can, alter the enviroment, shape the enviroment, to suit human needs, enhancing deliberately human flourishing beyond the mere animal level of adaptation..... when one's life then is given direction by reason, it is lived in a way that respects reality.... conversely, wickedness is seen as psychological breakdowns in reason marked by failure to respect reality....failure to think, to employ one's capacity for conceptualization, is an attempt to then act as if a different, lesser, organism....

As said, the first virtue is rationality.... in aesthetics, this is expressed thru one's "sense of life" - indeed, every artist expressed his/her philosophical view of the world thru, or rather, in a physical form... those who experience the artist's works respond so according to THEIR sense of life - the fundamental view of this is: rational or irrational..... rationality is the act of thinking, the foundational element of life, the act of using your ability to reason.... "rationality is the virtue of recognition ans acception of reason as one's only source of knowledge, one's only judge of values, one's only guide to action"..... "thinking is an actively sustained process of identifying one's impressions in conceptual terms, of integrating every event and every observation into a conceptual context, of grasping relationships, differences, similarities in one's perceptual material, and of abstracting them into new concepts, of drawing inferences, of making deductions, of reaching conclusions, of asking new questions, and discovering new answers and expanding one's knowledge into an ever-growing sum"....


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