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Theory of Excellence

Arete is the theory of excellence in all things - it's what you do when your nature tells you to strive for beauty and goodness in all things. It can be summarized by two words: striving, or good-doing; this virtue is also known as "excellence" or "Ihsan". Philosopher Ghazali once wrote, "The best of all the things that humans can achieve is simply being beautiful."  To do beautiful things is the meaning of Ihsan. The origin comes from 'husn' or beauty. It means doing things with great skill, beauty, and elegance. The philosopher Aristotle once wrote that we should strive for excellence in all things.  Aristotle says that eudaimonia or happiness results when we live our lives using virtueful behavior - which includes doing good but also avoiding what's not good. It’s about living well by choice rather than chance alone- it's not just a matter of happening upon happiness but creating an environment where one can flourish into their full