Aristotle on Self-Sufficency

Our contemporary definition of self-sufficiency fails to account for our nature as “dependent rational animals”, thereby leaving us with an articulation of sufficiency that is functionally incoherent. Let’s see what ole’ Aristotle has to say: “We do not mean by self-sufficient what suffices for someone himself, living a solitary life, but what is sufficient also with respect to parents, offspring, a wife, and, in general one’s friends and fellow citizens, since by nature a human being is political” I leave you to apply this in consideration to the goings-on related to our Administration’s recent actions directed at our southern border.

High Flying Bird is the kind of film that makes me love cinema. Flannery O’Conner said that a story works when an author is attempting to resolve some impasse by embodying it in the life of characters. I believe this film works because it does just that—and brilliantly so.

I mean, I get no one is nostalgic for that again, but it could provide an interesting foil to some of the characters.

I just realized that “Stranger Things” takes place during “The Moral Majority’s” heyday, and, beyond the funeral in the first season, there’s no sign any of the families in the show are even remotely religious.

Why Virtue?

Why include “virtue” in the title of this blog? Isn’t that a bit, presumptuous, arrogant, etc.? It may be, but let’s at least start by taking a look at the definition as it comes to us from Aristotle’s “Nicomachean Ethics”. Virtue is:

a state of character concerned with choice, lying in a mean, i.e. the mean relative to us, this being determined by a rational principle, and by that principle by which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect; and again it is a mean because the vices respectively fall short of or exceed what is right in both passions and actions, while virtue both finds and chooses that which is intermediate. Hence in respect of its substance and the definition which states its essence virtue is a mean, with regard to what is best and right an extreme.

Best Notebooks

I corresponded with Curt Roper, the creator of Hitlist Notebooks, and he says they’re coming back! The paper quality sets these apart from other notebooks–especially if you use fountain pens. For some old reviews, see here, here, and here.