To me, Aristotle always seemed like just another stuffy ancient Greek dude in a robe. I always confused him with Socrates. I related to Bill & Ted when they met Socrates, swapping generic, abstract ideas with classic rock lyrics. 😆
But Aristotle was not lost in the abstract. Like other ancient philosophers, he had some cool things to say about being a good person, For example, he espoused being forgiving, consciously “overlooking” the past to avoid the self-imposed ill of resentment.
It is proper to a magnanimous person not to nurse memories, especially not of evils, but to overlook them.Aristotle
👉 You’ve got to love the word “magnanimous” – it’s a new favorite word of mine.
Dude was also into being helpful and generous…
Of all those who are called virtuous the liberal are probably the best liked, because they are helpful; and their help consists in giving.
So “The Philosopher” was just saying be kind, generous, and forgiving. 🤷🏻♂️