GOOD LIVING 2
Peoplehave different definitions or terms that encompass good living.However, it is easier to set a general definition using differentenvironments than bound life. These are the political, judicial, andsocial environments. According to the philosopher, Socrates, justiceand political boundaries are not the only compositions of a goodlife. In fact, he seeks to challenge the old laws by the old godsthat people should be rational to these laws and make them flexiblewhen applying them to a different situation. For human life to attainultimate happiness, social, political, and judicial environments,should maximize on a utopia scene and avoid a dystopia.
Autopia scenario is one where all things in life are perfect while adystopia scene is the complete opposite (Gordin et al. 2010). Peopleare different, and so are their expectations. From a personalassessment, social and judicial environments ought to be flexible,yet strict when it comes to consensual opinions. Taking the exampleof current social issues as sexual orientation, people tend to havedifferent ideas on whether to accept gay people or not. Jurisdictionon personal matters as such should lie on personal thought. However,society should provide education on the issue to prevent people frommaking wrong decisions. On a different scene, the issue is quitedifferent from an act of murder. Jurisdiction on such an issue isdirect, and offenders should suffer the consequences.
Goodliving comes in when people have a certain extent of freedom.According to ancient political philosophy, people realize true andcomplete freedom when there is justice and equity from the politicalenvironment. Eudaimonia, happiness, is attainable when people live bythe law and politics and not as its slaves (Strauss & Cropsey,2012). Seemingly, having an opinion and control over one’s life isthe root of ultimate happiness.
Gordin,M. D., Tilley, H., & Prakash, G. (Eds.). (2010). Utopia/Dystopia.Princeton University Press.
Strauss,L., & Cropsey, J. (Eds.). (2012). Historyof political philosophy.University of Chicago Press.