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My View Of Aristotelian Approach Essay

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"Aristotle felt that virtue is the ability habitually to know the good and to do the good." (Dreisbach 2009, p. 84) However; what did he mean by this? Can a person be considered morally virtuous, if he is judged by a single action he has committed? What is virtue any way? Well according to Dictonary.com "virtue is moral excellence, righteousness and goodness. (Dictonary.com, 2014) Humans are not born virtuous or moral in nature. They are characteristics that are learned. Such as being compassionate, kind, honest or modest. Aristotle called them habits; habits are a learned behavior pattern. Some can be good, while other a course is not so good.
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Nevertheless, having both parents working does not mean that they cannot be positive role models in teaching children morals and virtues. From the time my own children were born, I tried to teach them what I found important and valued. I found endless opportunities to engage my children in conversation that was morally based. For example, my youngest son who was eleven had to read the story called Johnny Tremain, however; he had great difficulty understanding the old English they used in the book. Therefore, I sat down and read the book not just to him, but also to his younger sister who was seven, and also to his older brother who was fifteen. After each chapter, all of us would engage in conversation about different aspects of the story, such as how Johnny was a bully, and why that was wrong. My youngest son is now twenty-six, yet he still remembers those conversations. He has great respect for others now as an adult and he recently told me it was because of the way I helped him understand what is considered good verses bad behavior traits.
Some ways parents in America help their children develop good character is to have them involved in sports, scouting, religious based programs. Sending them to summers camps or getting them involved with volunteer work. Some of these types of programs can help teach children life skills that will make them better adults. However, what happens if some of these programs we trust to help build good character in our children does not follow their own rules such as the Boy Scouts of America? The Boy Scouting oath is: "On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." and their Scout Law is: "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." (Boy Scouts, 2014) However, the Boy Scouts of America have come under the gun for several major issues over the past decade or so. Such as their attitude about homosexual scout members or leaders, or more recently the two scout leaders who damaged an...

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