Virtues and vices that were listed by Aristotle feature enormous differences from those practiced in the modern world; they might be sharing similar names, but they hold different meanings and understanding. Based on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, every art, inquiry, action, and pursuit is believed to be aiming at some good by the end of a particular venture. Aristotle’s view of virtues and vices was based on thinking about and weighing the end result or the action after a certain choice is made. The end result is not knowledge based, but it is based on the actions of the choices that are going to be made. As the world’s trends are changing by the day, there are related changes in the perspectives of tackling issues (Book 1). In the modern society, there is the phenomenon of exploitation and abuse, where everyone is looking forward to gain at the expense of others.
In the modern society, traits that are held by human beings are taken to another level so that the unending demands can be met. Today’s virtues are, commonly, boldness, fearlessness, resilience, and self confidence in order to make good leaders who can hold top positions in the managerial sector. Such traits result in the individuals holding them losing the importance of identifying and ignoring other people’s fears. This goes a step further through the person assuming the attitude of recklessness because he or she lacks the awareness of his or her own fears. According to Aristotle, human beings should understand one another; they should not be self centered or concentrated much on their own interests.
The angle by which the right things are regarded in both set-ups feature major differences between Aristotle’s view of virtues and vices and the modern take on virtues and vice. In the Aristotle perspective, he looks deeply into defining what good is and where the good will is applicable, and if the good only holds a name or it has quality in it (Book 1). In the modern society, good is determined by what makes the individual happy and satisfied without considering the weighty facts of whether the good is good to others. Today, the guidelines of doing what is right are principled by the conditions of one’s lifestyle, the society and the workplace. This dictates that one has to be tamed, trained, or must adapt to a particular fixture that has been put in place in a particular place. This sometimes limits the individual’s creativity in ways of handling issues or even innovating new things or ideas. Aristotle clearly believed that when one assumed a commendable character, he/she was able to handle and regulate personal emotions improve personal reasoning (Book 2).
The way to determine the best system between Aristotle and the modern system is through practicality rather than using the theory system. Things are always better said than done; in the written form, it seems easier to get to the point of evaluating and weighing things before taking on a certain decision. When we consider practice, the situation is normally not as straightforward; it is a bit challenging to follow the guidelines set on the paper. When making judgment on the desirability of actions, it is necessary that the judge considers all relevant aspects and circumstances. Modern virtues and vices are more valid in that they are in the real world and depend on what is happening at that particular season. Aristotle’s virtues mainly refer to things done in the virtual world and not in the real world, since their applicability is next to impossible.
Aristole. Nicomachean Ethics retrieved from http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/nicomachaen.1.i.html
Aristole. Nicomachean Ethics retrieved from http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/nicomachaen.2.ii.html