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Vice and Virtue

Vice and Virtue

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Vice and Virtue

Why it so hard for some people to resist the least little temptations of life, while others seem to possess incredible patience, passing up immediate gratification for a greater long-term good? With 7 billion people in the world and growing I am not sure that enough research can be done to measure the effects and behaviors of those with impulse urges to consume things instantly (instant gratification); and those who would rather wait for the right moment (delayed gratification. There is just no cut and dry scenario that can really probe the minds of man; in order to develop some kind of brain sequencing or patterns of neurological that to suggest the realities 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 “Avoid Impulsive 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 more to be uncovered about the brain; and that our behavior patterns may not be problems at all but undiscovered patterns that could serve us well. The most novel finding of the study concerned the anterior prefrontal cortex (aPFC). This is the part of the brain that helps you think about the future. The anterior prefrontal cortex (aPFC), or Brodmann area 10, is one of the least well understood regions of the human brain. So, could this explain about the speculation behind certain unethical behaviors due in part to impulse decision making? We may never know but a system for managing this type of information is critical in this 21st century landscape of evolutionary thinking. The choices that humans will inevitably make in the future concerning their 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 why we still crave snacks, buy cars we don’t need, or eat snacks late night. Although, there are those in whom we call patient who delay’s their instant gratification; how can we define virtuous behaviors if the information on the subject is barely at the subsurface?

Thiroux & Krasemann authors of Ethics “Theory and Practice” write about the development 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 is described 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 the attainment 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 that shows 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 to become more virtuous. I think it can happen and will as global shift moves this planet into unexplored levels of psychological reasoning and mental development like never before. Self – discipline will definitely be a prime catalyst for the morality of mankind in centuries to come; as this wave of technological information will usher in levels of understanding into the behavioral patterns of mankind.

Resources:
Ethics: theory and practice/ Jacques P. Thiroux with Keith Krasemann. 11 th ed. Pg. 62

Washington University in St. Louis (2013, April 3). Avoid impulsive acts by imagining future benefits. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 3, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130403200020.htm

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