Human beings have an innate drive and passion for discovering exculpation in what they consider the ‘good life.’ Ancient philosophers had put much accentuation on the composition of the human life and the way in which it should be lived. For a long time, however, philosophers have struggled to argue a strong case for such. All human beings endeavor towards it, the good life, happiness, prosperity, satisfaction.
In any case, what is it that influences us to feel good? The good life is a situation in which a which a human being will be the happiest. Two philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, regard the good life as the state in which a human being shows total virtue. It examines what it means to live an existence of moral character. This character-based way to deal with morality accepts that we procure virtue through practice or actions. By working on being honest, brave, just, generous, selfless et cetera, a human being builds up a good and moral character. Human beings, being a subject of creation, eventually involve goodness.
Such a life is one in which actions a human being does and feels prompts what is also called happiness. Such happiness is neither only an ordeal; nor is it found because of following moral laws. Instead, happiness is an action. External goods also play a role in happiness. Aristotle states that human beings cannot be happy without a few external goods.
According to Aristotle, they are money, political power, and friends. We might not be able to show or exercise virtue with the absence of external goods.Fred seems to be living the best human life in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In the book we see that Fred is a very charitable, honest, forgiving, generous, and optimistic man. These actions and qualities of moral character and goodness are what results in his happiness. Fred also possesses the external goods that contribute to his happiness. He is very well off financially and has quite a number of friends. We know this because Fred and his wife live in a good part of London.
He is happily married. Every year Fred is able to throw a fun and fancy Christmas party for his friends where everyone has a good time. Fred is a very happy person unlike his uncle, Scrooge. The first time Fred is seen is in stave I when he greets Scrooge with, “A merry Christmas, Uncle! God save you!” Scrooge’s reply is “Bah! Humbug!” The statement Fred makes shows that he cares about even the coldest beings. Scrooge’s reply shows that he is closed to joyous things and it also hints that he is not saved. From their first meeting in the book, their character differences are obvious. During their conversation, Fred and Scrooge reveal their definitions of the word “good.” Fred tells Scrooge, “There are many things from which I might have derived good by which I have not profited” This shows that Scrooge’s definition of good is money.
Later on, Fred states that he has always thought of Christmas time “as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time.” This defines Fred’s good as kind, forgiving, charitable, and pleasant. Here we see the significance of Fred loving (and marrying), and being happy, without money. Fred would be a happy man even without wealth. Fred is able to help others in need, because of his financial status. In the last vision of Scrooge we see that Bob Cratchit’s son Tiny Tim has died. Fred, gives Bob Cratchit a large sum of money to help him and his family and tells Bob that he can rely on him for any help necessary.
Here Fred is the embodiment of empathy and charity. Cratchit is a poor, good-hearted and hard-working but unable to climb out the stifling conditions of poverty. This is what distinguishes Fred from Cratchit. Cratchit may have moral character but lacks the financial abilities that will enable him live his best life. The Cratchit’s still love and adore their sickly son. There is no doubt that Tiny Tim is a financial burden on the family. Fezziwig on the other hand is similar to Fred.
He is an example of an apparently jolly successful businessman. He is clearly a good moneylender and not above throwing parties for his workers. But we are not told how Fezziwig affords this.
Did he pass the added costs to his customers? Or did Scrooge pay for it anyway by working for marginally lower wages? What makes Fred different from Fezziwig is that Fezziwig’s jolly lifestyle costs him a lot of money that he has to sell out his business. He is able to balance his kindness, generosity and affection for his employees with profitability of his business. His way of life was swept away by the economic turmoil at that time.
A quote in stave 3 that shows Fred is living the best life – “If you should happen, by any unlikely chance, to know a man more blessed in a laugh that Scrooge’s nephew, all I can say is, I should like to know him too.”Different people have different reasons for their criteria of what a good boss is. One of the most important qualities of a good boss is leadership skills. A good boss leads his/her team to work the right way.
He/she does this my organizing the members of the team and dividing the work depending their skills. A good boss must be responsible for every step and detail of the work prose. All this helps to increase the productivity of the company. People management skills and communication skills are also critical for any good boss. Communication is two-way. Sharing your broader vision helps the employees understand the role they have to play.
A good boss must be distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence. This emotional intelligence embodies other skills important for a good boss. The main components of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. These are important qualities because it enables you to show your team that care about them, value their contributions and support them externally. This boosts their morale and helps them reach their full potential.