Those of us who have been fortunate enough to have been born in what is often still referred to as the Western Worldrarely appreciate the historical uniqueness of our material and related cultural well being.
When we turn to the other most famous ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle (384 B.C. – 322 B.C.), we find little of the political regimentation that characterizes his teacher, Plato. For Aristotle, the appropriate behavior is the “golden mean,” that is, the avoidance of “extreme” or unrealistic goals or conduct in the affairs of men.