IS CHARACTER NATURAL OR UNNATURAL

Posted: July 25, 2013 in Allen Alexander

I tend to agree with Aristotle that character is unnatural, since ones character can be influenced by the environment In which one is raised.
Character as far as I am concerned, falls in two categories: good and bad. Therefore, it is up to one to choose, depending on the lifestyle one wishes to live. The fact that character is something that is developed over time ,I think it is not natural since for me it is not a thing someone is born with. For example, two brothers happened to have the same mother and same father. They grow up in the same environment but one chooses the life of becoming worthwhile contributing to society , while the other chooses to become a criminal. This shows that we become what we choose to become. It is not natural. We become good or bad by choosing to be and therefore practicing it. That makes our character. With the views that I have submitted, I firmly believe that character is not natural.

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Comments
  1. Kimberly says:

    Allen, hi there. Aristotle also thought that we have moral characters. Our characters relate to our desire. If character is unnatural, do you think our desires our natural?

  2. Liam says:

    Thanks for your contribution, Allen (and sorry I am so late to reply; life happened). Don’t you think it is a bit harsh to divide characters into just good and bad? I suspect we need to make more nuanced judgements than that.

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