Nigeria, the Happiest Place on Earth

According to Aristotle, “…the function of man is to live a certain kind of life, and this activity implies a rational principle, and the function of a good man is the good and noble performance of these, and if any action is well performed it is performed in accord with the appropriate excellence: if this is the case, then happiness turns out to be an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue” (Aristotle). According to John Stewart Mill, the view of a Utilitarian is not necessarily one’s individual happiness, but that of everyone who is involved. Between one person’s happiness and that of others, utilitarianism requires that one person be completely unbiased as a neutral and generous bystander. In an age today where we have been characterized by some as “the age of self-interest,” utilitarianism is a strong reminder that ethics call us to look past one’s self and focus on the good of all. So when looking at Aristotle’s view of happiness, we don’t turn to Disney World, but to Nigeria; which can be considered one of many places on Earth to be happy.  At first glance, Nigeria is seen to be a place in which corruption and fraud live in perfect harmony, but if looked at harder, it is made known that there stands optimism and success.

               

Aristotle’s definition of happiness can come across as more negative and less cooperative compared to the definition of happiness to a Utilitarian. Nevertheless, when a group of people aren’t directly working for each other, the happiness may not seem to exist, but in societies where families don’t rely on their government’s overall assistance and government corruption is very prevalent, Nigeria continues to shine economically through the use of their individual faculties. The corruption and security that has been placed on Nigeria, in my opinion, is one of the reason why they continue to grow and strive for happiness. If there wasn’t this corruption within the Nigerian government, the general public and the hard-working people of Nigeria would be working for nothing. They continue to provide for themselves and continue to advance economically.  

Utility is literally found in everything which backs the fact of happiness for every rational being. The standard of good and evil keeps balanced between individual’s happiness and the happiness of the community. If one were to look at Utilitarianism for Nigeria, it could possibly make sense, if the government and the working class people put all their faculties together and worked for each other. But, in my opinion, seeing as, the government works for the benefit of itself and bias runs through its’ veins, the idea of utilitarianism remains out of the equation.  

Oil-rich Nigeria has the third-largest economy in Africa and it continues to grow. Nigeria also has the largest number of billionaires in Africa; which includes the richest woman billionaire. Another amazing fact is that Nigerians fly and jet all over the world; more than most European countries. The Nigerian economy continues its successful growth because everyone knows their faculty and sticks with it.

One’s faculty plays a massive role in determining whether a society is considered happy.  Everyone in the Nigerian society knows their faculty, and once that faculty that base faculty is reached, that is where they will remain. Aristotle states, “He is happy who lives in accordance with complete virtue and is sufficiently equipped with external goods, not for some chance period but throughout a complete life” (Aristotle). For example, the village farmers will remain farmers until the end of their time, while a petroleum engineer remains an engineer till his end time. That Nigerian farmer is happy because he is performing at his highest faculty, and because he knows that his job is necessary for the Nigerian society to continue to thrive. Yes, it is understood that the farmer isn’t possibly making as much money as the petroleum engineer, but the real question is; does the farmer need an excessive amount of money to be happy? That farmer makes a living, every day without consuming extreme sums of money; along with that farmer’s wife and children. Money, in this case, is not the happiness the farmer is trying to reach, happiness is. This is another reason why Nigeria is to be called one of the happiest places on earth.

According to Aristotle, happiness consist of accomplishing, through the development of a whole lifetime, all properties; health, fortune, knowledge, friends, and more– which  leads to the perfection of human nature, that no one society can reach while still being in existence. So when looking at Nigeria, it is not possible for them to accomplish all properties of life while still being alive, but they come as close as it can get. The only lack, thereof, is health. With all the ‘happy talk’ about Nigeria, it is still considered a developing county, so different aspect of Nigeria is slower to develop, and one of those aspects is health.

According to Aristotle, “…the function of man is to live a certain kind of life, and this activity implies a rational principle, and the function of a good man is the good and noble performance of these, and if any action is well performed it is performed in accord with the appropriate excellence: if this is the case, then happiness turns out to be an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue” (Aristotle). According to John Stewart Mill, the view of a Utilitarian is not necessarily one’s individual happiness, but that of everyone who is involved. Between one person’s happiness and that of others, utilitarianism requires that one person be completely unbiased as a neutral and generous bystander. In an age today where we have been characterized by some as “the age of self-interest,” utilitarianism is a strong reminder that ethics call us to look past one’s self and focus on the good of all. So when looking at Aristotle’s view of happiness, we don’t turn to Disney World, but to Nigeria; which can be considered one of many places on Earth to be happy.  At first glance, Nigeria is seen to be a place in which corruption and fraud live in perfect harmony, but if looked at harder, it is made known that there stands optimism and success.

 

Aristotle’s definition of happiness can come across as more negative and less cooperative compared to the definition of happiness to a Utilitarian. Nevertheless, when a group of people aren’t directly working for each other, the happiness may not seem to exist, but in societies where families don’t rely on their government’s overall assistance and government corruption is very prevalent, Nigeria continues to shine economically through the use of their individual faculties. The corruption and security that has been placed on Nigeria, in my opinion, is one of the reason why they continue to grow and strive for happiness. If there wasn’t this corruption within the Nigerian government, the general public and the hard-working people of Nigeria would be working for nothing. They continue to provide for themselves and continue to advance economically.  One’s faculty plays a massive role in determining whether a society is considered happy.  Everyone in the Nigerian society knows their faculty, and once that faculty that base faculty is reached, that is where they will remain. Aristotle states, “He is happy who lives in accordance with complete virtue and is sufficiently equipped with external goods, not for some chance period but throughout a complete life” (Aristotle).

One’s faculty plays a massive role in determining whether a society is considered happy.  Everyone in the Nigerian society knows their faculty, and once that faculty that base faculty is reached, that is where they will remain. Aristotle states, “He is happy who lives in accordance with complete virtue and is sufficiently equipped with external goods, not for some chance period but throughout a complete life” (Aristotle). For example, the village farmers will remain farmers until the end of their time, while a petroleum engineer remains an engineer till his end time. That Nigerian farmer is happy because he is performing at his highest faculty, and because he knows that his job is necessary for the Nigerian society to continue to thrive. Yes, it is understood that the farmer isn’t possibly making as much money as the petroleum engineer, but the real question is; does the farmer need an excessive amount of money to be happy? That farmer makes a living, every day without consuming extreme sums of money; along with that farmer’s wife and children. Money, in this case, is not the happiness the farmer is trying to reach, happiness is. This is another reason why Nigeria is to be called one of the happiest places on earth.

According to Aristotle, happiness is the ultimate end and purpose of human existence, we can now conclude that Nigeria is happy, not just because they are economically stable, but they continue to strive even through corruption within the government. Nigeria is also considered a happy society because there is not competition within faculties—once a farmer, always a farmer.  As seen in previous paragraphs, remaining a farmer is a good thing. People rely in your products—your product is in high demand! And for all we know, that farmer holds a monopoly on the product he is planting and selling, because no one else in that area might be growing what he is growing. Another plus to that farmer’s work is that the land being used is working at its greatest faculty.Image

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