Aristotle argued that a person could not have an excellent life without being an excellent person.
- Only an excellent person —a virtuous person—would be able to consistently do those things most conducive to having a good life.
- And being an excellent person is an essential part of what having a good life would be.
Only an excellent person can have a truly good life.
If that’s true, the most successful people in life are
- flexible, but not wimps
- angered by injustice
- need not be the centre of attention
- not self-seeking
- trusting, but not easily fooled
- at peace
- forgiven, for all the ways (s)he is not this way.
Alright, the last bit is Jesus not Aristotle.
But it is an absolutely essential addition.