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Ethics are Aesthetic

Not sure if any other thinkers have thought this but,

Ethics are aesthetic.

What do I mean?

Assuming that ethics is the philosophy of action (embodied reality, interaction with other human beings in society), then the question is:

How *should* one act in society?

It is ultimately an aesthetic thing. To act what you consider elegantly, beautiful, strong, and in a lofty aristocratic way.

What would John Wick do?

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If we consider John Wick as part Stoic and part Samurai, then we think —

When we see how John Wick acts in the film, do we think it is ‘cool’ or badass?

I say so. To speak less (Laconic, like a Spartan soldier). To not complain about pain and suffering. To be one-minded in our pursuits.

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Ethics are public

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I do not think there is such a thing as ‘private’ ethics. When we think about the ‘public’, it has to do with any other human being besides you. For example, how you interact with family members or your children is also the ‘public’.

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Aspiring towards an insanely great ideal

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Then it seems the aesthetic goal we have of ourselves:

Seek some sort of ideal or perfection in terms of our bodily physique, as well as our ethics (how we interact with others).

For myself:

  1. Stoic ideal: To become harder, less petty. Less soft.
  2. Muscular ideal: To become more muscular (Hercules ideal).

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