The ethical thinking in ancient Greece

This time with different initiative which is to tell you about the world of Prof. Affendras, the Greek man in AiU who looks like Hercules the divine hero in the classical Greek mythology.

You may have heard of Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo, Athena, and Eros and so on. If not, perhaps, you may have heard of Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle ad so on. The Greek mythology has been subject of recurrence in my life, whether at school, in movies or on TV.

This week lecture was conducted by Prof. Affrendas. He took us back to learn more about the great philosophers Greek and their ethical thinking style. Among all the philosophers he talked about, the one that I preferred the most was Diagnoses of Sinope. The famous philosopher who used to walk around with in day light with a lamp looking for an honest man. He made it his life goal to challenge the society’s financial customs and bad virtues.

Another point of his fame relates to the answer he gave to Alexander the Great, who asked Diagnoses if he would want the king to do anything for him. Diagnoses’ answer was: Yes, stand out of my sunlight. From then, Alexander the Great declared: If I were not Alexander, then I should wish to be Diagnoses. To sum up everything here, I would say that happiness is not gain through wealth, but through self-understanding. Understanding our inner self is the best way to obtain to succeed throughout our life.


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