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henriquez wrote:

Sad, tense. I once wrote this, I no longer believe it to be true;

In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle ponders what makes for a “good” life. He considers a hierarchical view of what is good based on the ends of a particular action being used to affect more important actions with more important ends. For example, a blacksmith builds a sword for a soldier. Certainly, Aristotle would say, the sword itself is more important than the act of crafting it, for the process of crafting was taken for the sole purpose of creating the sword. Then, the soldier who uses the sword to achieve victory for the country in battle would fall under a similar discussion: the victory is more “good” than the battle.

But, the ends of these actions were only worth pursuing for the sake of something else. Is there any end worth pursuing for its own sake and never for the sake of something else? Aristotle proposes that happiness is the most “complete” end to all of our other pursuits.

He then argues that happiness comes from action in accordance with virtue, but this confounds his previous definition of happiness as an end in and of itself. Consider the example of a virtuous man who believes so strongly in his principles that he is willing to stand up against an unjust government and be killed for promoting his beliefs. Suppose he becomes a martyr, and his death is instrumental in turning the hearts and minds of citizens and overthrowing the unjust government. He may derive pleasure from acting virtuously, but he does not achieve happiness, because he his killed.

This contradicts Aristotle’s assertion that happiness itself is the most important end to any hierarchy of actions and outcomes. Rather, I claim that happiness is irrelevant to whether a life is good.

Consider, again, the same man as above. Suppose he is severely depressed and addicted to drugs and alcohol. Despite his vices he is a virtuous man of action, and as Aristotle notes, he derives pleasure from acting in accordance with his virtues. But any happiness that comes from this pleasure is overshadowed by depression, despair and anger. Could we say that he lived a good life?

I say yes. If the bad of the man’s vices is overshadowed by the greater good of his political activism, and if the disruption of trying to break his addiction and depression would prevent him from achieving his goals, then he could live a good life by acting virtuously, in spite of his flaws and never experiencing happiness. This man is a sad puppet of his own virtues with nothing else to live for, but his actions are good in the same way that the blacksmith’s process of crafting is good, or the soldier battling to protect the country is good.

Living a good life can involve sacrificing one’s self, and so happiness is irrelevant to living a good life. Rather, acting virtuously, according to a set of principles, and working to improve society as a whole, potentially in spite of one’s self-interests, are factors that comprise a good life. The good in improving the world outweighs the good an individual may experience personally in our judgment of his life. Otherwise we would have to say that it is good to act purely out of self-interest and in pursuit of the most basic of pleasures.


  1. ShibaInuFacts

    It's time to put a stop to liberals. They have tried to indoctrinate our children with woke leftism for too long. We must stand up and fight! By posting angry comments on Facebook. CHECKMATE LIBERALS.

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    7 days ago
  2. henriquez

    I am in Barnseville, MN winding down from a pregame party before a wedding. The bride’s mom’s house is already full of family friends crashing under varying degrees of ethanol intoxication, and so my significant other and I were granted access to an air mattress in the living room. Unfortunately due to my insomnia I doubt I will be sleeping much tonight and instead wrote this post. Remember, no matter how much of a drunk you worry you are - you are loved.

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    15 days ago
  3. ShibaInuFacts

    There’s a new Shiba Inu-flavored ransomware all the WallStreetBets kiddies are getting. Just download this super secret down-to-the-microsecond meme stock trading API and click “Allow” at the UAC prompt. Shiba Inu now has full control of your Robinhood portfolio and will work in tandem with Bing Chat to execute the worst possible trades on your behalf using the infinite margin hack. That is unless, of course, you pay shibe .05 BTC at your earliest convenience. There is also apparently a video of you watching porn, normally reserved for the benefit of your OnlyFans subscribers, that Shiba Inu could release. But as an an added value, your one time payment of .05 BTC will make this unfortunate and embarrassing video deleted. Don’t try to trace me, I’m behind seven proxies and three firewalls. it’s nothing personnel, kiddo. Just business.

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    a month ago
  4. ShibaInuFacts

    I can post less than 140 characters if henriquez edits the database.

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    a year ago
  5. ShibaInuFacts

    Perhaps Anthony Fauci should not have created a hoax virus that does not exist in a Chinese laboratory. The fake #plandemic that never happened is a scam, but hypothetically if it were to have happened it would have been caused by demon rats. Curious!

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    a year ago
  6. ShibaInuFacts @GemigirlBunny-kin

    whoever wrote this understands quite well the necessities of punishment, with respect to the entire family. Yes, you must punish yourself. Excessively. Addictive hard drugs are an effective way to accomplish this, and addiction can be realized and reinforced quite easily through habitual use of illegal hard drugs. However, estrangement is also an effective punishment for a family that would otherwise be loving. A punished family is a miserable family. And misery loves company. So if you punish yourself (excessively) the punishment will be shared and you will be in miserable company.

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    a year ago in reply to GemigirlBunny-kin
  7. henriquez

    So the facts have been up for awhile now. There aren't too many yet, but a site about facts should at least have some facts on it.

    It took a long time to put all of this together. We've been up in some form since 2004, and a lot has changed since then. I was exploring a dream world, a place I'm still exploring, but I've run into a plateau.

    This time I don't think the problem can be solved from behind my keyboard. It's not a surprise; this site was always only intended to scratch the Surface.

    I need a teacher, a mentor, to help me break from this loop and explore from a different angle. Whether that's physical, spiritual, or both, I want to learn, to be a student again.

    I don't know if this is goodbye for now, but wouldn't be surprised either way.

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    2 years ago
  8. ShibaInuFacts

    Why you should not get a shiba inu

    Having grown up with dogs, I learned early on that a good dog is not one that obediently follows all commands, but rather one that thinks independently and chooses what it wants to do. A good owner aligns his interests with the dog such that obedience is mutually beneficial.

    It was this search of a breed with an independent spirit that drew me to the shiba inu. As many sources will say, the shiba inu is a smart and strong-willed dog that will challenge even an experienced dog owner. I love a challenge!

    Well it turns out that, like having a roommate, a challenge gets old after awhile. 9 years, so far. And my shiba inu is very much like a disagreeable roommate. Every day brings a new power struggle, where the shiba inu will test the boundaries of its relationships.

    The shiba inu is manipulative, playing multiple members of the same household against each other to get what it wants. The shiba inu is stubborn, oftentimes stopping dead in its tracks and refusing to walk until it gets to choose the direction it's walking. The shiba inu treats commands like suggestions; he knows what is best. Every interaction is another opportunity to reestablish who is top doge.

    Prior to getting a shiba inu, I considered myself an experienced dog owner, having trained and raised many dogs, and having grown up mostly peacefully with dogs that were physically bigger than my 60-pound child self. But the truth is, I'm in over my head with this shiba inu.

    He's not a bad dog; likely I'm a bad owner. I love my shiba inu but I would not recommend this breed to anyone casually interested in having a dog.

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    2 years ago
  9. ShibaInuFacts

    Rumors of my demise were completely unfounded. The truth is, I've been in a dark place for a very long time. But now I'm in a bright place! I will continue the facts but they may be different than what you're used to. Please email me at if you would like to get in touch.

    shiba inu unplugged

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    2 years ago
  10. ShibaInuFacts

    Welcome to new and improved Shiba Inu Facts

    The time for punishment has arrived. In this new social network we will be posting new shiba inu facts, along with advice from a wise shiba inu. Occasional guest appearances by Punishy the Clown will be made, as appropriate.

    If you are an existing fan of Shiba Inu Facts, or just learning about facts for the first time, we invite you to follow and get the facts.

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    2 years ago
  11. NPC

    to henriquez - I personally think that you should consider running a public IRC or eventually Matrix server so communication is more real-time

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    2 years ago
  12. henriquez

    Okay, we're back up. That wasn't so bad, was it? Sometimes you've just got to chuck the server on a plane, turn tail and run away. I waffle on the oxford comma.

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    2 years ago
  13. henriquez

    I'm taking the server down because I'm changing physical locations. Probably I should have thought this through better and hopefully nothing breaks permanently. Goodbye world, see you soon!

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    2 years ago
  14. henriquez

    Lately I've been waking up in the middle of the night feeling an unspecified dread. I have so much energy but it's all being funneled into my career leaving other ambitions untended. I used to wonder more whether I was making the right choice to slow down my art in favor of making money. But I stopped wondering. Maybe this dread is some part of me forcing the issue back up.

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    2 years ago
  15. henriquez

    The more I think about this the more I wonder, am I another one of their projections? I've let myself be used like one of them for so long. Years. But it was in the purpose of our overall vision, or that's what I told myself. I'm starting to doubt that I even exist, at least any more than the others. Would I be cast aside? I don't want to disappear.

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    3 years ago
do you have a head?

What to do now:

  1. Build parody web app
  2. Get sued by Twitter
  3. ???
  4. Profit.