In Aristotle’s, Ethics, Aristotle makes the claim that, “We might think that everyone desires pleasure, since everyone aims at being alive. Living is a type of activity, and each of us is active toward the objects he likes most and in the ways he likes most.” Originally I found this passage confusing and I had to analyze this statement in a more inclusive way. However, after I reflected on this text, I realized what Aristotle was claiming and asserting in this passage.

In this passage, Aristotle directly claims that everyone has pleasure for a certain activity, in which one desires. He says that “living” is an activity, and everyone is active for the objects you like most. For example, a musician activates his hearing for the melodies, a dancer activates the dance moves through the music, and a learner activates into studying and learning. All of these activities are pleasure to whoever enjoys doing this, in which they desire.

This passage caught my attention because now I have a better understanding of what Aristotle is claiming; “We might think that everyone desires pleasure, since everyone aims at being alive. Living is a type of activity, and each of us is active toward the objects he likes most and in the ways he likes most.” Now I know that not everyone desires pleasure, in which pleasure completes your activity and life and never begins without activity.

 

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