- Mar 22, 2021
- 8d 18h 1m
A builder, building a house, knows what he is setting out to do and
how to do it; he can account for all his actions as contributing to
his end. This knowledge and ability constitute the craft embodied
in the builder and his special excellence or 'virtue' (arete), qua
builder. Similarly a man can live well only if he knows clearly
what is the end of life, what things are of real value, and how they
are to be attained. This knowledge is the moral virtue of man, qua
man, and constitutes the art of living.
-Taken from: "The republic of Plato" book.
My take is that guys like us can't find a realistic ending that would be worth striving for. That demoralizes us and prevents us from any real attempt of self improvement or doing anything because we know the outcome. Normal people tend to leave everything to a chance and live carelessly. They are copers, dreamers and useless fools who never realize their goals because their goals are not realistic nor do they follow the steps required to realize them.