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What is the Good Life: Important Readings Week 1

by: Cheyenne Slack

What is the Good Life: Important Readings Week 1 IUF 1000

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These are summaries of the important parts of the week one assigned readings. These topics will be discussed on the exam. Aug 22-26
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Dr. Craig Smith
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Six myths: ● Pleasure and Comfort do not create a good life. Buddha “pleasures are most  enjoyed when they are not always and immediate.” ● Pleasure may be great at first, but eventually it will become regular if one  continues to get pleasure. Not all pleasures are alike in value and their can be a large  variation. Comfort is great but this can also just become boring if one continues to be  comfortable. Pleasures that in the end at to one's skills and life are the most valued. One  would not trade a life for one with all pleasures, so the good life must contain something  more. Simple comforts can create vulnerability to discomforts. Ayuderva: ● The will for life­ appreciate life while you have it. ● The drive for prosperity­ acquire resources, want to be great. ● Aspiration for the world beyond­ doubt about existing afterlife. ● Wise man puts aside doubts, do not only believe in what is perceived.   ● On how to know­ true & false­ by perception, inference, and reasoning. ­ Perception is awareness when the mind and soul is in exact contact with situation. ­ Inference is a conclusion based upon taking what you perceive and using it to  decide past present and future.  ­ Reasoning­ attitude generated from combination of many causes from past,  present, and future.  ● Senses overuse, underuse, and abuse­ example­ sight. Looking to long at the sun,  overuse, not looking at all, underuse, looking at objects too close or that are too  terrifying, abuse. ● Action overuse.. Etc.­ using speech mind or body too much, too little, or  abusively: like lying, or nasty words. ● Time overuse.. Etc.­ too much character in a period of time is overuse and vice  versa. Abuse is time which has features that are opposite of its proper character. Confucius:  ● He was a thinker, political figure, educator, and founder of the Ru School of  Chinese thought. Created how a man should live his life & society and government in  which he should participate. ● Ethics­ Recorded in Lunyu or Analects. People live their lives in parameters  established by Heaven, men control their own actions. ­ We can do little for our fate but a lot in what we establish and are remembered  for. ­ Serve heaven  ­ Largely focused on Ren­ compassion. Treat others how you want to be treated.  Behave morally. ­ Learn self­discipline and restraint  ­ You do not need to throw away desires but use them with family and community. ­ Emphasis on rituals ● Political Philosophy­ A ruler should learn self­discipline, should act the way he  wants those who follow him to, and should treat them with compassion. ­ Virtue created a great ruler ● Education:  ­ Believed the only real understanding comes from studying hard. Reciprocate a  trustworthy teacher’s words. ­ Taught morality, proper speech, government, and the refined art, arts, but morality was most important. ­ He loved gentlemen with integrity, and hated those who were pretentious. 


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