Virtue and Patience
In order to survive these days, there need to be at least some standards
and goals of morality in a person's life. Moral excellence is definitely hard
to achieve, but is something worth while to attempt. Personally, there are many
distractions and obstructions the present day provides, creating a difficulty of
direction in my own life. I need to overcome obstacles such as peer pressure in
order to become a confident, successful person. The present day provides
impediments which I believe I can overcome by way of morality and virtue. I have chosen to work on more patience in my life.
According to Aristotle, for every virtue there are two vices. One is in excess and the other being deficit. Patience is a deficiency in my life. In having barely any patience, I am often stressed out and make more of simple situations. Aristotle would call this vice impatience. On the other end of the spectrum, the excess of patience is being passive. Aristotle and Plato, it was all about having balance in your life. I believe this theory is still in tact today. What I am striving for is not passivity, it is a moderate amount of patience, not too much and not too little, but just enough to make me more of a moral individual.
The hard part about being virtuous is not practicing virtue sometimes but mastering it and doing it consistently. I have always been impatient and it would be extremely difficult for me to master being patient. One of Aristotle’s points about being a virtuous person is not doing everything well but doing what you do well and doing it consistently.
Patience is defined as “good natured tolerance of delay or incompetence.” (www.dictionary.com) for me, this definition does the word a world of justice. It was brought to my attention from my roommate that in the morning if I am ready before her, I become agitated. Never noticing it, I never tried to correct it. Now in the morning I have her to calm me down. We are working on it together. And I am most definitely improving. I recall writing in my journal about how I feel anger and frustration when I am waiting around. This coincides with the part of the definition about delay. Through my journaling process I realized that I get most frustrated when I have a time to be somewhere and I know I am going to be late. I am also frustrated in anything and everything that hinders my path. On the other hand, if I have not specific time to be somewhere, then I don’t feel any part of being impatient. For example, when I was coming back to the dorm from my home town, I was in traffic for and hour. Ordinarily, if I had to be back at a specific time, I would have been antsy and swearing at the traffic when it is out of my control.
Plato had a theory of the charioteer. In this theory, there is a person who represents reason, and two horses. One represents will power and spirit and the other the persons appetites and desires. I believe that all three are involved in be becoming...