A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, character, excellence, humanness, purpose, and arete

Greek culture understands the key to understanding nature, instinct and organism as consisting in the endowment of each creature with some distinctive "excellence" or talent (arete).  Among humans there is great controversy whether (because of the diversity among different character-types and the clash of different political and philosophical perspectives) there is at all such a unitary, universal or congruent thing as "excellence" for man per se.  There are many aspectival or specialized excellences; but does man in general have a defining purpose or a metaphysically obligatory excellence that everyone, just insofar as he is human, is obligated to cultivate and pursue?  --Or do we have a problem here in trying to extend the term "human" to creatures who really have little substantial in common with one another?

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Sigmund Freud on love, work, and humanness

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.

Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939)

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A Quote by William F. Lynch on spirituality, perfectibility, and humanness

Is it all right to be me? And can my search for perfection be completely within these terms? Or do I have to import some holy but alien self? Do I have to plaster on to myself a system that for me is identical with the hopeless?

William Lynch

Source: Images of Hope; Imagination As Healer of the Hopeless

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