February 1st, 2012

An Excerpt from the Blog Post link above: 


Broken down to its Greek etymological roots, eudaimonia means “good spirit.” Although I don’t explicitly agree with the paleontologist and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who believed in ethical and moral orthogenesis, a progressive, goal-oriented evolution of both the physiological and the conscious toward perfection (de Chardin dubbed the end point of orthogenesis the Omega Point), I’m amenable to Aristotle’s less pious faith in goodness. The great philosopher wrote that “every art and every scientific inquiry, and similarly every action and purpose, may be said to aim at some good.” He believed that eudaimonia is the ultimate goal of humankind, that we strive above all to be good creatures.