Aristotle, the great thinker of ancient times, was a worrisome man. And chiefly he devoted his attentions to discovering and uncovering ideas that would benefit lives of the people as a whole.
He worried and fretted about the three lives of the “good society”:
- The first life is the life of productivity and knowledge gathering
- The second, the life of entertainment
- The third, the life of reflection and contemplation.
He believed and thought that to be happy we must nurture these three aspects of the self.
Work Hard – The Life of Productivity & Knowledge Gathering
In some way we must contribute to society. But not only just contribute, but be devoted to a continual improvement of ourselves and the world around us.
Laugh Hard – The Life of Entertainment
If you like Aristotle so far, you might like him even more now. This three part concept of life is one where you won’t be ashamed by that In Touch Magazine you love to read any longer, or liking 90210 or the Vampire Diaries (I love the Vampire Diaries!).
You’ll see them for what they are, entertainment. A brief distraction and journey into worlds unknown and maybe even slightly cheesy. Since the beginning of time we’ve been drawn in by the power of story and myth. Aristotle says that we not only need it in our lives but we should make room for it.
Go Within – The Life of Reflection & Contemplation
Maybe Aristotle was inspired by Socrates when he said, “The unexamined life is not worth living” That some form of self reflection must be built into the very fabric of our lives. If it isn’t we’ll be missing something. Maybe the greater part of ourselves.
But a life that doesn’t touch the world within is a life of lack and limitation. But a person who dives deep into the ocean of bliss is continually renewed in everything they do.
Work hard, laugh hard, go within. A new holy trinity.
p.s. The art above is by the talented Sonya Paz.