Post Number:#16 December 13th, 2008, 9:15 pm
This has all to do with the philosophical idea in which you believe. A utilitarian would say that if being heroic would create the most aggregate happiness then being the hero would be the most moral choice. A Kantian would say that the moral thing to do would be to preserve and respect humanity, which would depend on the particular heroic situation. A virtue ethicist would say that "the good life," which is what Aristotle said we are striving for, would consist of certain virtues. If the medium of cowardice and rashness is bravery, then bravery is what should be striven for. Aristotle admitted that the trait that you should strive for is the one closest to the extreme that promotes activity, such as rashness. or you might believe in another theory. It all depends on the theory that you subscribe to.