In this weeks reading, the idea that stood out to me the most was Aristotle’s explanation on virtue. He says that the human good turns out to be the soul’s activity that expresses virtue, but before he comes to that conclusion he talks about the difference in possessing virtue and using virtue. I agree very strongly with his example: “…someone who posses virtue could potentially be asleep or inactive throughout his life; or, further, he might suffer the worst evils and misfortunes; and if this is the sort of life he leads, no one would count him happy” (360). I thought this helped articulate the difference between having ownership over something and to express something.
Virtue is not an item, it is not tangible, therefore it cannot be owned. There have to be repeated actions defending why something is a virtue. Aristotle uses virtue to explain his definition on happiness, and I believe that if you are happy you naturally express virtue because you have motivation to show your high moral standards. I do not think that virtue will make you happy, but I believe it enhances the effect because it is proving that you are proud of whatever it is that you are “happy” about.