Thursday, August 04, 2005

pinions of buddy don: aristotles golden mean

mayhap ye dun herd bout the golden mean, witch folks generly give aristotle the credit fer cummin up with that idee. i bet ye tiz oldern that, but that dont make no nevermind on a counta how well he dun splained it fer us all in a book name of the nicomachean ethics.

basick idee is that thay aint hardly nuthin that aint ruined ifn ye take it too far or dont take it far a nuff. ifn ye follerd that furst lank or inny googlin of 'the golden mean' aristotle, ye will find lists of thangs, sum of em tuck too far, sum not far a nuff. a feller name of Gordon Ziniewicz writ a lil eggsplainayshun on the topick:
Each moral virtue is a mean or lies between extremes of pleasure or of action -- doing or feeling too much or too little. The absolute mean is different from the mean as it is relative to the individual. For example, the intermediate between two pounds and ten pounds of food is (absolutely) six pounds, but the mean relative to the individual will be different for the athlete than it is for the non-athlete (e.g., Cal Ripken vs. Dustin Hoffman). Morality, like art-work, requires that one neither under-do nor over-do. One must hit upon the right course (steering between too much and too little). This requires practice. Virtues are good habits or dispositions to do the right thing developed by means of particular virtuous acts. Means themselves do not admit of eggcess and deficiency (one cannot have too much courage, etc.).

Good judgment requires that one find the mean between extremes. In order to do that, one must have both general knowledge and particular experience. Practical wisdom is the intellectual virtue (intellectual virtues are higher than moral virtues) which governs deliberation and action.
heres a few eggzamples fer ye, tuck frum this here site. fer each acktshun, thays the deefeck, the balunts, n the eggcess. so fer courage, witch thats probly the most famus one, ye gut this:
deefeck: cowardiss
balunts: courage
eggcess: rashness
corse thays a slew of them eggzamples, so heres a cuple more:
deefeck: sloth
balunts: ambishun
eggcess: greed

deefeck: apathy
balunts: equanimity
eggcess: irassabillty

deefeck: cronick deepresshun
balants: good humor
eggcess: buffoonery

deefeck: insensibillty (too lil pleashur)
balunts: temprunts
eggcess: self-indulgents
taint no acksident i putt that lastn in. as ye mite coulda dun figgerd out by now, me n miz bd luvs us sum sangle malt scotch. fack is, we take a lil drank most ever evenin, but never morn a shot (1.5 oz) durin the week or up to two of em on the weekend.

so ye mite magine my deelite whenever i red this articull name of Official: drinking improves thinking. mane point is this:
It is guaranteed to raise a cheer among those who enjoy a tipple: moderate drinkers are better thinkers than teetotallers or those who overindulge.

Research by the Australian National University in Canberra suggests drinking in moderation boost your brainpower. But none at all, or too much, can make you a dullard.

A study of 7,000 people in their early 20s, 40s and 60s found that those who drank within safe limits had better verbal skills, memory and speed of thinking than those at the extremes of the drinking spectrum.
tiz a cumfert to know that ifn ye dont overdoot, ye dont half to wurry too much. but tiz also a cumfert to know that ye orta cunsidder doon it a lease a lil bit.

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