Truth. Beauty. Goodness. Unity.
Can these Aristotelian precepts have any relevance to corporate life? Can they even be understood by a busy executive or a non-literary professional? Can these ideas benefit us in our professional life, no matter what the profession? Can these enrich our personal life as well?
Thanks to Tom Morris, the answer to all four questions is a resounding “Yes.”
I read it last summer and enjoyed it thoroughly. Despite profound content, Morris makes it an easy read. It opens our eyes to what it means to be a person -- a knowing-thinking-sensing-feeling human. To how we can bring incredible value to others in our lives and in turn enrich our own. Without the benefit of ideas in this book, we live a life below our potential.
Rest assured this is not a call to give up material life and head for the Golden Pond. Quite the contrary, it raises the value of work we already do to a new level. The most rewarding experience from the book is when Morris reveals his understanding of “the meaning of life.” That treasure is hidden on page # ---, Oops! I won’t tell you and you won’t benefit half as much if you jump to it directly.
"If we let the great philosophers guide our thinking," says Morris, "and if we then begin to become philosophers ourselves, we put ourselves in the very best position to move towards genuine excellence, true prosperity, and deeply satisfying success in our businesses, our families, and our lives. Why should we settle for anything less?"
Let me assure you, the book won’t make you a philosopher. And if you implement it in your life (it takes some motivation), no one would see any philosopher in you (unless you begin preaching it); only a nicer, joyous person—one who seems at peace with him/herself and with the world, and, even more importantly, who brings delight to others in everyday interaction. And one who finds work so outrageously satisfying.
Oh, did I mention Morris’ Aristotle offers the only sensible and worthy answer to the 64 million dollar question: “What is the Meaning of Life?” Indeed, that answer itself captures all four precepts of Aristotle: Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and Unity!