Pharrell Williams Research Paper

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Jack DeSantis Christian Ethics MP1 Quarterly Ethics Option 2 Pharrell Williams was a failing solo artist with his first album “In My Mind” selling only about one hundred thousand copies. The now successful artist looks back on that album and attributes the failure to an excess of bragging and over confidence. Williams was shot back into relevance with his hit single “Happy”, a positive song that took the radio by storm. The meaning of the song “Happy” with lyrics such as: “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof...Clap along if you know what happiness is to you...Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do” is very much in line with the ethical teachings of Aristotle. Aristotle’s philosophy is the most like my own personal…show more content…
Virtue ethics is the reason that I identify most with the teachings of Aristotle. Having a virtuous character is necessary for human happiness. It means being rational and within reason in everything you do. No less, no more. In life, you don’t want to be someone who is overly confident, but you also don’t want to be someone who is a coward. Virtue is finding the middle ground, and finding that middle ground is something you need to achieve happiness. This thought truly resonates with me because I constantly see myself struggling to maintain an appearance where I am not overly confident that I come off as a jerk, but not seem shy and timid. In the interview with Pharrell Williams, his virtue is very clearly shown. Williams is a number one selling artist who could have anything in the world, yet he is extremely humble and thankful for everything that has happened to him. He does not attribute his success to himself, but acknowledges that he has been lifted up by people, so he believes that the people who lifted him up should receive the credit, not himself. While he still acknowledges that he has talent, he never fails to mention the other people who have helped him get where he is

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