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Aristotle’s Moral Virtue

Posted: July 25, 2013 in Ismael Cedeno

After reading Aristotle’s “Moral Virtue” I have to agree with him stating “Character is developed through habit and is unnatural.” An individual is not born with developed character; character is developed through what a person is taught and the individual following through with the teachings. In the Moral Virtue text he informs readers moral virtue does not arise in us by nature. This is understandable to me due to events in my life that led me to practice different habits to better my life. Let’s look at athletes for example; they are not born to play sports. Athletes develop the skills needed in order to play the sport of their choice. So it is with humans we are not born good we become good through practice.


As a young man of color you will have a lot of obstacles you will have to get around to reach any goal you may have in mind. In society, you are expected to make one bad judgment call that will result in you doing prison time. Keep your eyes on your education and block out the negativity around you. The negatives are the hood you live in Ismael, the friends you are choosing to keep around you and the drama in your home. Think about other places you can hang out in to keep your focus, like the library or a coffee shop where there is peace and quiet and you can hear your thoughts and reflect on the progress you have made and what progress is needed for you to move forward. Start to get involved in any events or clubs that will open up doors of opportunity for networking. The people you meet just may be the people you need to keep around you to reach your goals. Giving up on your ambitions is not an option!!! Men of color in this country are getting pipe lined to prison and you don’t want to become one of those statistics.

You may think hearing your thoughts is strange but when I want to hear my thoughts I just shut my phone off so I don’t have any distractions and I look for the nearest Starbucks or library to chill in because it is quiet. Remember it is not good to have any company during this process, you need to be alone. There are positive thoughts and negative thoughts. In my opinion your positive thoughts are what you need to do and your negative thoughts are what you want to do keep that in mind Ismael. Oh! And don’t think I don’t know that you like messing around with girls, I know about that age. When it comes to girls you need to be around the ones who have ambitions in reaching their goals, like graduating from high school, college and having a career. As you are going to school you have a part job don’t forget money attracts the girls you want but your struggles and hard work will attract the girl you need.

Thoughts such as you need to have fresh gear, you can’t be seen with your mom or you can’t chill with people that are considered geeks or over achievers are thoughts you should never listen to. That is negative way of thinking don’t let it hinder your progress.

My goal is to get educated in public policy to develop the skills needed to persuade law makers to revise or get rid of bias laws.

Getting laws revised or taken away reduces the number of minorities getting hindered by unfair laws. Reform is needed in the American justice system due to the mass numbers of incarceration and Citizens with criminal records should not meet barriers towards getting their lives together because of bias laws. I want to challenge law makers in an attempt to create a balance with minorities and societal laws. What is needed in America is a stronger and more effective justice system because minorities suffer from crimes and unlawful acts that are not properly approached. As a just individual I believe creating the opportunity for minorities to not encounter bias laws while living in society will contribute towards reducing the incarceration stigma occurring in America today.

It is imperative for me to engage in this field of work because not many minority individuals are involved in reforming the justice system. In society minorities are known for getting involved in the negative side of the justice system which is contributing to the increasing incarceration numbers. There are millions of people incarcerated in this country, America leads the world in incarceration, and this issue has been widely ignored by some politicians and needs to be addressed by individuals such as myself with intentions of making change in society for minorities.