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By Derrick Jensen, Stephanie McMillan

Of America's such a lot gifted activists workforce as much as carry a daring and hilarious satire of recent environmental coverage during this absolutely illustrated picture novel. The U.S. govt provides robotic machines from area permission to consume the earth in trade for bricks of gold. A one-eyed bunny rescues his neighbors from a company animal-testing laboratory. And little women determine the key to saving the area from either one of its enemies (and it isn't by utilizing energy-efficient gentle bulbs or biodiesel fuel). As the realm Burns will encourage you to do no matter what it takes to prevent ecocide prior to it's too past due.

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42 We no longer know how to talk comfortably about ethics. In terms of wrongdoing, it is easy to distinguish between the illegal and the legal, and there is a wide cultural agreement on judgments about gross moral violations. But we no longer regularly speak of actions or character traits as disgraceful, shameful, ignominious, low, mean, or unworthy. Without this language, we miss the opportunity to engage a large segment of ethically significant behavior. Though we fair slightly better with respect to virtue than vice, we rarely make subtle distinctions between the upstanding, decent, honorable, estimable, virtuous, noble, and heroic, and consequently find ourselves unable to differentiate between minor ethical achievements and genuine ethical excellence.

I]t is no easy task to be good. 31 We will return to the difficulties associated with cultivating virtue in due course. Fortunately, however, Aristotle himself supplies us with several useful “aiming instructions” for trying to hit the virtuous mean. First, in aiming for the mean one should avoid the more contrary extreme. For example, courage is about confronting dangers and so is closer to rashness than to cowardice. When in doubt, steer a bit closer to the Scylla of rashness than to the Charybdis of cowardice.

This is a case of misplaced priorities. While things like an adequate—rather than exorbitant—amount of money are indeed necessary to flourish, Aristotle believes that they play a relatively minor role in determining our well-being. ” As eudaimonia suffers from the commonplace translation as “happiness,” “virtue” is a potentially misleading translation of the Greek arete. When we hear the word virtue, we are more apt to think of a certain Victorian prudishness or fastidious piety than we are to think of the essential characteristics and dispositions of a good person.

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