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Murders speak of our moral maladies


Plato would argue that virtues are necessary to attain happiness and that every human person strives to be happy. Plato’s student Aristotle is later said to have further developed this idea and produced his most influential work titled, ‘Nicomachean Ethics’ wherein he spoke of the theory of happiness that continues to be relevant to date.


Thus, we believe that happiness is the ultimate end of our existence. But the issue is whether we consider happiness as a subjective state of mind. It is not a pleasurable sensation that one enjoys subjectively. Rather, it is the definitive value of how well or completely have we lived to our full potential. And this living to the full potential means living in accordance with virtues.


Virtues like generosity, kindness, friendship, courage, temperance, humility, etc. invite us to make difficult choices and require us to make challenging sacrifices for which we aren’t ready at times thus leading to our impending moral maladies.


The murders that happened in Goa within a week speak of our unresolved mental conditions and traumas. All of the murders that have happened were definitely premeditated.


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