The Greatest Pleasure

Yesterday I read something in Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics that caught my attention.  “…the activity of philosophic wisdom is admittedly the pleasantest of virtuous activities…”  He goes on to say, basically, that it isn’t for everyone.  Yet, he ranks philosophic reflection as the highest pleasure.

I will admit, that there are times when contemplative thinking has been profoundly pleasant.  This is especially true when you combine philosophical inquiry with theological reflection and prayer.  (I can imagine some of you are rolling your eyes by now, or perhaps have stopped reading, or maybe even have fallen asleep!)

Maybe it is an age thing.  In Hinduism, the third stage of life, from 50-75 is one of slowly withdrawing from the world, spending time with the grandchildren, and increasing your focus on religious and philosophical pursuits.  I have to admit that the idea of increased religious and philosophical meditations is appealing to me.

I suppose that means I’m in the right professions.

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2 Responses to “The Greatest Pleasure”

  1. JaCi Waldorf Says:

    I have always thought philosophic reflection to be a great pleasure, even when I was a kid. Although I probably didn’t have a name for it like that. I have just always liked to spend quite a bit of time alone just being – thinking and absorbing my surroundings and experiences. This is probably why I get along best with children and the elderly, they remind me of what really matters in life.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      There have been too many times in my life when I really haven’t had much time for reflection. I do enjoy it when I am able to take time from other activities just to think.

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