Human ideal
Topics: Nicomachean Ethics, Thought, Plato, Human, Aristotle, Meaning of life / Pages: 4 (1519 words) / Published: Apr 24th, 2014

Tyler Parsons
9:15 class
The Human Ideal
Human Ideal is a very subjective idea across the board. There are many factors that influence a person’s perspective on a prefect human ideal. The most prevalent factor seems to be the culture of the society. The culture and the society I was raised in brought me to the finalization of my personal human ideal. People should live to fulfill the ultimate good of happiness without stepping on others to reach it and at the same time to avoid extreme and take the middle way. My human ideal is pretty much stated in “Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle”, but the other texts have their own validated ways to reach the human ideal. The Odyssey portrayed a character who seems to be the ideal mortal. His name was Odysseus and he had fought for his country with bravery. The gods were all in favor of his homecoming from Troy because of his bravery. “You dog, you never thought I would any more come back from the land of Troy, and because of that you despoiled my household,… and sought to win my wife while I was still alive, fearing neither the immortal gods who hold the wide heaven,…Now upon you all terms of destruction are fastened.”(Odyssey of Homer, 22:35-41) Odysseus’ house had been overtaken be suitors and the gods lead him to bring justice to the suitors. The suitors did not fear the “immortal gods” like Odysseus did so they were fated to be destroyed by the God-like Odysseus. The suitors would be an example of an anti-human ideal in the culture the book is based on. Gods play a huge role in deciding the correct way to be a mortal. If you did not fear them and respect their power, you would be looked down upon and would have “all terms of destruction” fastened upon you. Odysseus was a war hero who fought in Troy for his people and he alone survived and because of this he was held high above everyone else this is the major reason Zeus would grant him a glorious homecoming. In” Euthyphro”, the human ideal is portrayed to be

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