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Vice and Virtue

Vice and Virtue

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Published by Tyrone Brackens
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Vice and Virtue
Why it so hard for some people to resist the least little temptations of life, while othersseem to possess incredible patience, passing up immediate gratification for a greater long-termgood? With 7 billion people in the world and growing I am not sure that enough research can bedone to measure the effects and behaviors of those with impulse urges to consume thingsinstantly (instant gratification); and those who would rather wait for the right moment (delayedgratification. There is just no cut and dry scenario that can really probe the minds of man; inorder to develop some kind of brain sequencing or patterns of neurological that to suggest therealities of these impulsive acts.Washington University in St. Louis did a study that suggested a pretty good concept
concerning individuals who are ruled by impulse over reason. In the article titled “
 AvoidImpulsive Acts by Imagining Future Benefits
” shows how a brain imaging study was able to
discover that activity in two regions of the brain distinguished impulsive and patient people.Instantly, we can begin to see that this study adds insight into the fact that there is much moreto be uncovered about the brain; and that our behavior patterns may not be problems at all butundiscovered patterns that could serve us well. The most novel finding of the study concernedthe anterior prefrontal cortex (aPFC). This is the part of the brain that helps you think about thefuture.The anterior prefrontal cortex (aPFC), or Brodmann area 10, is one of the least wellunderstood regions of the human brain. So, could this explain about the speculation behindcertain unethical behaviors due in part to impulse decision making? We may never know but asystem for managing this type of information is critical in this 21
st
century landscape of evolutionary thinking. The choices that humans will inevitably make in the future concerningtheir clothes, education, food, banking, and family choices will all hinge on information
 
associated with the mind. This transition will not be easy as our cognitive development has only
been at the infant stages within its development. It’s as if we are adult children wondering whywe still crave snacks, buy cars we don’t need, or eat snacks late night. Although, there arethose in whom we call patient who delay’s their instant gratif 
ication; how can we define virtuousbehaviors if the information on the subject is barely at the subsurface?
Thiroux & Krasemann authors of Ethics “Theory and Practice” write
about thedevelopment of the good or virtuous human being.
This sentiment hinges on Aristotle’s
Nicomachean Ethics in which implies that the basic act of human beings is to reason; which isdescribed as a virtuous activity. So, the choices that leads to a moral and virtuous behavior deals with the quality of your character, the development of your mental state and theattainment of a whole and complete life. As human beings attempt to incorporate this state of 
equilibrium in their lives; they must not forget that it takes time and it won’t happen overnight. I
think this may be the gap that needs to be closed between reason and impulse; the gap thatshows the different intellectual patterns of development within each individual.Overall, we need to get over our vices and begin to strengthen our resolve as a planet tobecome more virtuous. I think it can happen and will as global shift moves this planet intounexplored levels of psychological reasoning and mental development like never before. Self 
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discipline will definitely be a prime catalyst for the morality of mankind in centuries to come; asthis wave of technological information will usher in levels of understanding into the behavioralpatterns of mankind.

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