The Natural and Unnatural Character of character

Posted: July 25, 2013 in Mersadez George

As we may know already Aristotle and Lao Tzu would both agree that habits create characters and character is unnatural.
However character for me is natural in the sense that we are all born good and due to our environment or immediate upbringing we learn bad or enhance our goodness. I must agree with the contemporary researcher’s suggestions of character that it is in our biological make up. For example if we knew no vice or virtue from birth how then could we connect to each other much less other creatures in a caring manner. Our world would have been over before it started.
Yet Aristotle make a valuable point about the very nature of character although he would disagree with it being natural he mentions that character can be developed, worked on, and made better. In which I agree with Aristotle totally that even with the good we have instilled in us, we must continue to feed it once we become aware of bad and the fruits of its labor. We can easily get lost in doing both for the sake of its benefits in a society that uses both good and bad to control and regulate its citizens therein leaving people in turmoil of guilt, depression, or miserable all these human feelings are a result of good struggling to come forth because it is in every human to be.

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  1. Liam says:

    Thanks for your contribution, Mersadez (and sorry I am so late to reply; life happened). Interesting thoughts, I’d be interested in hearing follow up on this point: “For example if we knew no vice or virtue from birth how then could we connect to each other much less other creatures in a caring manner. Our world would have been over before it started.” Do you think that infants must know virtue? If so, why? (There is at least one famous philosopher in history who would disagree, Saint Augustine of Hippo. He famously argued that babies are born evil, in his wonderful autobiography (arguably the first ever) “Confessions”)

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