This is a sneak peak of my course on the Golden Mean. In this installment, I go through the first book of Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics. Together, we'll walk through each chapter of Aristotle's Ethics, Lewis's Abolition of Man, Confucius' Analects and Doctrine of the Mean, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, and then discuss what they have in common. So, if you're ready to take your education into your own hands, let me know through the form below.
The Golden Mean is simply a manner of behaving where your life is balanced and virtuous. You find this balance by acting in a virtuous manner given certain situations. Many thinkers have sought to define it and share how to attain it. Read on to find out why you should seek the Golden Mean.
A lot of people are happy to note that virtue is lacking in our society, and we have a lot of work to do if we want a virtuous society. But, I hear only a few voices offering a solution to this problem. Only a few people are calling people to act virtuously and live a life of virtue. The Vital Masculinity podcast is doing great work to promote that, but sadly not many others are. Not many people are answering the basic questions like "What is virtue?" or "How do I become a virtuous person?"
The Golden Mean is an idea found in Aristotle's Ethics, The Tao Te Ching, and the Analects, and describes the right way of being. I've talked about the mean, or the way, previously on podcasts and articles. I wanted to revisit it here because I plan on diving deeper into what it is and why it matters. One of the courses coming soon will cover the thinkers from Aristotle and Lao Tsu to C.S. Lewis.
A lack of knowledge doesn't stop people from offering their ideas - however misguided they may be. It's also too common to hear questions like "Why is it important to be involved in politics?" Or, "What is politics and why is it important?" That's why I'm putting this together to offer a guide to learning and discussing the topic. That way, you can educate yourself on the topic an be able to speak to it and defend your position.
It's been great collaborating with Stephen and Bryan at @TheVMPod. Here's a great post, originally from their site (linked in comment below) for you to learn more about Courage and its modern portrayals. Read more --> The True Image of Courage
Virtue, it is said, lies in the Mean. This post will help you know how to find the straight and narrow path of virtue by giving you the tools to properly assessing your situation.
Enjoying the series so far? This third part talks about the root of the idea of the Mean from philosophy. If you want to see how a proper mode of acting can be reasoned to, tune in.