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Aristotle believes that character is not natural. He believes it is developed through habit. I had to really think about this question. Aristotle has a good point if you think about it. When you come into this world you are empty. You have no idea who or what you are. We develop our character from doing things over and over like a baby learning to walk. Each time that baby walks, they keep falling down. But the baby keep’s getting back up until he or she is able to standup and walk.

As we get older we start to get into the habit of doing thing that help develop our character. You have some people that love to learn. This comes from being in the habit of getting up early for school. Aristotle says that wisdom requires virtue of character, in the sense that it cannot develop or operate unless one has been brought up in the correct habits. This is why I feel that character is unnatural.


My 15 Year Self

Posted: July 18, 2013 in Raymond Vaughn

Dear 15-year old Raymond:
I know that you feel like what happened to your mother when your father killed her was your fault. It was not. I understand that your see this has caused you a lot of pain, losing your mother and not really knowing why. You told yourself that only if you could have stopped your father, things would have been different. Raymond you were only seven years old, there was nothing that you could have done. I know that you are going through some feelings that are new to you and I am sorry that there is no one for you to talk to. I want you to think back to that day. Try to remember what happened. Raymond, I want you to know how much I love you. I want nothing but the best for you. Raymond for you to have peace in your life, you have to let go of the past.

There will be people in your life that will try to put you down. They will say, “Why can’t you be like your sister?”, “You will never do anything with your life”. Do not believe them. They are repeating to you what was always spoken to them. Like you, there are also vulnerable. For them, “verbal violence” is a way of life. And as Judith Butler says, in this way of life “the means to secure self-defense are limited”, but let this fact secure you: I want you to know that you can do anything that you put your mind to regardless of what they say.

You are a very special person. You can’t let the things that have happened in you past control your future. I know sometimes you feel like you want to die. But not yet, there are things that you have to do. 15-year Raymond, I know that right now you are too young to know what you are feeling. My hope for you is that you find someone that you can talk to. I know holding on to these feelings will cause you to do something to hurt yourself and lash out at people. But you can’t let violence become a way of life. If you do, it will take you places that are not good for you and lead you down the path of destruction.

College at 50

Posted: July 4, 2013 in Raymond Vaughn

At the age of 50, I believe going to college is important. One reason why going to college is important is because it will make me feel good about myself. The best day of my life was the day that I got my GED. That made me want more and going to college would be the apple in the pie. A second reason is I can learn new things. Right now I am taking a philosophy seminar for the summer where we are learning how to form arguments. I am glad that I get this chance to see what I can do. A third reason is it will give me something to do with my time. Going to college would give me something to do other than going from house to house. Going to college will now mean that I now have some where to go learn. A fourth reason why college is important to me is it will also make my son proud of me. Knowing where I come from, where I’ve been and him knowing all about it, would make my son Jamieer very proud of his father attending college. Therefore, I feel that going to college will be great for me even at the age of 50. I now believe that I can make it happen.