A discussion of the profound first paragraph presented via aristotle and an examination of philosophy and thought through this one perspective. Am I understood here? I also forget the first paragraph and the thoughts that produce in my mind.. when reading it. Can somebody post the first paragraph of Aristotles Nichomeachean (spelling?!) Ethics? I will search for it. Ah yes! Just to intice the attention of a would be want to check: http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/nicomachaen.html ! Okay, so it doesn't exactly provide the paragraphs as the actual book does... let me see: Anyway, this section is titled "1" and I assume it is "their" very first paragraph (not the actual books!) Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim. But a certain difference is found among ends; some are activities, others are products apart from the activities that produce them. Where there are ends apart from the actions, it is the nature of the products to be better than the activities. Now, as there are many actions, arts, and sciences, their ends also are many; the end of the medical art is health, that of shipbuilding a vessel, that of strategy victory, that of economics wealth. But where such arts fall under a single capacity- as bridle-making and the other arts concerned with the equipment of horses fall under the art of riding, and this and every military action under strategy, in the same way other arts fall under yet others- in all of these the ends of the master arts are to be preferred to all the subordinate ends; for it is for the sake of the former that the latter are pursued. It makes no difference whether the activities themselves are the ends of the actions, or something else apart from the activities, as in the case of the sciences just mentioned. The thought that produced in my mind said, this is a very fundamental even psychological explaination of (that being this part:Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.) something. I was wondering if we could discuss some philosophy under this vein and ask about the value of his first "paragraph". I might join in and speak because it is also a very personal matter. I guess the question is how do you percieve the first paragraph, or am I maybe seeing more in it than I should?