I recently picked up a book titled, Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern-Day Journey of Discovery through World Philosophy, by Christopher Phillips. The intrigue resulted from the description, “he begins with “What is virtue?” in the remains of an ancient marketplace in Athens and moves on to a Navajo reservation in the Southwest, where it turns out that the Navajo conception of virtue, hozho, includes a sense of order and harmony with the natural world both similar to and distinct from the conceptin of the ancient Greeks.”
In college I wrote a paper on the “cardinal virtues.” I found it interesting that two cultures continents apart might share similar views on virtue. Will let you know how it comes out. I already find it interesting the dominant means for decision making we find today stem from the practices of the ancient Greeks.
The point of engagement comes in our talking about what it means to follow Christ and how that looks in what we do interacting with our world. I wonder if I will find that we don’t always necessarily follow Jesus in the way we make decision but instead follow a utilitarian pragmatism where the end justifies the means regardless if the means requires us to shade the truth a bit.
Huge implications for who we say we follow.