Nichomean ethics book IV

In book VII, Aristotle discusses pleasure and pain.Aristotle says a philosopher
must study pleasure and pain since he is an architect of the end. Aristotle informs you
that children and animals pursue pleasures.Pleasure is not a chief good because it is not
an end, but a coming to be.I believe that Aristotle states that children and animals
pursue pleasures because he believes there minds to be uneducated in knowing what the
virtues of life are and they enjoy simple pleasures because they can not see nor
comprehend the grand scheme of life.Pleasure is not a chief good because it does not
follow the proper guidelines to be a chief good.Pleasure is a short-formed way for
someone to feel happiness for a temporary amount of time.They may achieve this by
doing a simple action and experiencing the good produced by such action.One may find
walking down a scenic route pleasurable but, once the walk is over the pleasure
experienced will also be gone where the chief good will leave you feeling well for an
infinite and indefinite amount of time.It is also said that not all pleasures are good.I
agree with this statement.If one likes to smoke and every time one smokes, the chemical
reaction caused by ingestion of cigarette brings pleasure to him.Now, the action of
smoking ultimately pleasures him but he is surely poisoning himself.In some societies is
perceived as dirty to smoke while in previous decades it was a refined habit to perform.
Aristotle points out that there is a relativity of pleasure to remedy the situation.So
pleasures depending on what they are i.e. (smoking, drinking, promiscuity)used to aide in
the dealing with pain may in turn be a crutch or vice taking one further from the chief
good by clouding judgment and sense of well-being.So even though some pleasures are
bad there is no reason why some should not prevent on from


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