- Aristotle believed that, in every situation, proper behavior lies at the midway point, or the mean.
- Example: My doctor tells me to walk, walk, walk. Forget about all other exercise, just walk.
- How far? Where? I'm stuck, and I procrastinate.
- Guilt gets out its hammer and starts pounding on my brain, "You should be walking. You should be walking. You're not walking. You're not walking."
- Aristotle would tell me not to fret, but instead look for the mean. It's midway between walking a mile and not walking at all. Half-mile is the mean.
- If I go out my front door and walk ten steps today, eleven steps tomorrow, twelve the day after tomorrow, I'm working toward the mean.
- In two weeks, walking will be a habit, and I'll be closer to the mean.
- A half mile a day adds up to 3-1/2 miles a week, and that's nothing to sneeze at. Not only that, but that Nasty Old Guilt will stop hammering away at me.
- Thanks, Aristotle for teaching me about this cool approach.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Aristotle: Reaching for The Mean
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