Friday, October 07, 2016

The practice of at-one-ment …

… Embracing Aristotle’s Philosophy in Yom Kippur Liturgy – Tablet Magazine. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Aristotle is quite clear: Happiness is too important to be left to luck. It is dangerous to rely for one’s happiness on factors that one cannot control, such as wealth or on health. The one thing we can control is our own disposition. If we act virtuously, he writes in The Nicomachean Ethics, we prime ourselves to have an “element of stability” that will enable us to “bear changes of fortunes most nobly, and with perfect propriety.” When we suffer terrible misfortunes, instead of breaking down, we will be able to endure them “with patience.”

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