ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The meaning of a Good Life

Updated on March 27, 2020
JacklineNjambi profile image

Jackline is an online freelancer with vast experience in philosophy, specializing in existentialism, where she has been helping students.

The Good Life

A good life entails having peace of mind, good health and self-prosperity. For instance, my peace of mind comes from knowing that my loved ones and I are free from ill health or difficult challenges in life. At such times, one can have fun and enjoy themselves without having to worry about other things. At the same time, having good health and peace of mind help me to invest in areas that boost my self-prosperity. From a philosophical point of view, the good life is described as that which an individual dreams of living. In the past, the good life was easy because it entailed only having sufficient food to sustain one's life, a family, shelter and tribal affiliation. The primary thing was freedom, which one would obtain from the hardships in life. One of the fundamental definitions of the good life was Socrates, after which other philosophers came up with their explanations of the good life. From their theories and opinions concerning the meaning of a good life and how to acquire them, some of them seem to revolve around the same sentiments, while others tend to differ in their ideas. This paper aims at defining the good life and the various lifestyles that individuals can adopt to achieve remarkable growth.

One primary definition of the good life is that of Aristotle, whereby he devised a theory of useful living for human beings as outlined in Nichomachean ethics (Wong, 2011). In his opinion of the good life, Aristotle says that the good life is the one which blossoms and where people live comfortably. Moreover, he highlights that a good life is a happy life where one is not only at peace but has a fulfilled life. According to Tiberius (2013), Aristotle compares the good life to a useful commodity that functions effectively; therefore, meeting the desires of the person who is using it. According to the philosopher, the excellent life encompasses embracing the ethical virtues, and for one to live such an experience, they must show particular expertise or wisdom concerning ethical issues in life. He poses an argument that the presence of noble virtues goes along with the good life and that full of happiness.

For instance, the Australian society values respect for dignity and freedom of a person, freedom of worship, commitment to the law rule, men and women equality and parliamentary democracy (Brey, Briggle & Spence, 2012). The society also embraces an egalitarianism spirit which advocates for tolerance, mutual respect, compassion and fair treatment for those who require the public good. The community also values equal treatment of people regardless of their background, ethnicity, race and religion. One unifying factor in Australian society is the English language which acts as the national language (Chalofsky, & Cavallaro, 2013). To have a good life, Australians must respect these values and obey the country's laws and live harmoniously with others.

Philosopher's View of the good life

Aristotle believes that the good life can be referred to as the role of people in society to fulfill their human responsibilities with success. In search of achievement required for the good life, three types of human virtue were identified by Aristotle, which he referred to as routes of excellence (Pasupathi, 2013). The three attributes comprise intellectual, interpersonal and personal excellence. Personal excellence, in this case, falls under moral virtue whereby character development contributes to the achievement of moral virtue. Intellectual virtue, on the other hand, relates to knowledge because it brings about success and is essential in reasoning and making important decisions in life. According to Tiberius (2013), sound thinking and decision making are critical to achieving a pleasant experience. Interpersonal excellence is that which is found in good friendship virtue whereby people need to socialize with people in the society for them to achieve a good life. The interaction brings about cohesion that creates happiness in the community and therefore promotes a good life, which is the key to the good life.

Socrates also had his view on the meaning of the good life and different lifestyles on how to attain it. According to him, the good life is that which is not materialistic but rather, that which involves an individual’s mind (Pasupathi, 2013). He argues that a person who has a sound mind lives a good life than who has a lot of material possessions. For example, a man who has no land or car but has a sound wealthier than that who has a lot of land and many cars. His idea shows that he perceives wealth to be of no value when compared to the mind and that wealth does not bring about the good life that one may wish to live (Brey, Briggle & Spence, 2012). He stands with the idea that the only lifestyle which can lead to a good life in a human being is that which he lives in truth. Socrates argues that for one to have a good life, is material possessions cannot achieve that which is full of happiness and happiness but through having a healthy and active mind.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • JacklineNjambi profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackline Njambi Mwangi 

      12 months ago from Nairobi

      I hope you all like this content...

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)