From the recording Ataraxia

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Eudamonia (The Flourishing Life)

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In Aristotelian ethics, "Eudamonia" is the condition of human flourishing or of living well. The conventional English translation of the ancient Greek term, “happiness,” is unfortunate because eudaimonia, as Aristotle and most other ancient philosophers understood it, does not consist of a state of mind or a feeling of pleasure or contentment, as “happiness” (as it is commonly used) implies.

For Aristotle, eudaimonia is the highest human good, the only human good that is desirable for its own sake (as an end in itself) rather than for the sake of something else (as a means toward some other end).

According to Aristotle, every living or human-made thing, including its parts, has a unique or characteristic function or activity that distinguishes it from all other things. The highest good of a thing consists of the good performance of its characteristic function, and the virtue or excellence of a thing consists of whatever traits or qualities enable it to perform that function well.

To evoke the feeling of well-being, I used the distinctively dreamy sounding ancient Greek Hypolydian mode in geometrically pure just intonation. This mode, the equivalent of F-F on the white notes of the piano, was misnamed the 'Lydian' mode during the early Middle Ages.