Aristotle: In my opinion, the Supreme Good, or Happiness, is to lead a life that allows us to use and develop our reason.
In contrast to amusement or pleasure, which can also be enjoyed by other beings, such as animals, happiness is not a state but an activity, and if genuine, is long-lasting.
Aquinas: So what you’re saying is that good or bad fortune affects our happiness?
A- Yes. In order to have a good fortune, one needs external or material goods, a position in society, and even good looks. However, if one is living life to the full according to rational nature, they are bound to find happiness regardless. This is why happiness is more influenced by behavior and habit of virtue than by luck, good and …show more content…
I disagree. Happiness is perfectly achievable in life on earth.
Aquinas: That is true for ultimate happiness, however we can have an “imperfect happiness” here on earth.
Aquinas: Imperfect hppainess can be reached by the actualization of one’s natural faculties (). The highest faculty the human being possesses is Reason, from which it follows that we can achieve happiness in this life in proportion to the level of truth accessible to Reason.
Aristotle- I agree. Happiness in this lifetime can be reached by utilizing one’s natural faculties. By exercising the natural virtues of courage, wisdom, moderation, friendship, and justice, along with reason.
Aquinas: I do not think this is enough to reach ultimate happiness. Although, these will take us to the final end as long as we begin the effort here on earth. Even people who appear to have everything, are lacking in some area. Celebrities and the wealthy are evidence of this. Despite having every material good, there life is uncomplete and unfilled without beatific