The Habit

The Habit

To continue with the development of our theme we deem to virtue, but here we are before the juncture in which to be able to bring us closer to a proper definition of virtue us is necessary to find out about what is the habit. Within the Aristotelian tradition holds that the virtues we understand them in terms of forces or capabilities of Act, and certainly acting is called more commonly as the execution of a particular Act. Hence we can establish that the habit comes from acts and the acts come from the habit. Ben Horowitz is often mentioned in discussions such as these. Habit means having there, and from this point of view, everything that we have is habit. It is important to distinguish between entitativos habits, or habits of being, like strength or beauty, which only designated as habits now. And operating habits, or habits of acting, than are those who are recognized primarily, that is, trends than habemos in us from repeated acts.

The habit enables us to do something more skillfully and promptly. This is why who has been designated to the habit as a second nature, because, in the same way that nature is the principle of action, so the habit easily in the event source. Some habits we only perfect physically or mentally, but if perfect our nature as a whole, are good habits of life or behavior and designated as virtues. Now, to complement this concept, can be in this life our knowledge is not perfect, and a Vice is a harmful act that requires some blindness of knowledge at the time to act. Therefore, there is some knowledge in all virtue and some ignorance in all Vice. From here the need to train other parts of our being to be subject to reason. Such training translates into good habits, and these are virtues. Four virtues as the most important in the ethical order have traditionally distinguished.

They are the so-called cardinal virtues, from the latin cardo meaning hinge, what could be understood as a strong axis around which revolve more things. And it is through these four cardinal virtues that revolve all the others. To say these are prudence, justice, temperance, and strength. It is not the purpose of this article to define each one of them, but if the highlight its importance. Making a synthesis of the above, stay with the prevailing need to discover the values, reflect them, understand its significance to root them in our person, to subsequently bring them to our actions every day, which will undoubtedly result in a habit that will be founded in a value and therefore recognises us as a virtue. Or otherwise, a virtue is a value put into practice on a daily basis. It is important to recognize that nobody is born with virtues, and these are not achieved by chance, or are not achieved easily, therefore, every person is obliged to train their skills to make them fit instruments to achieve its purpose. And itself, the individual has to master their passions and learn to control himself. Original author and source of the article.


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