Tim Lomas writes about the word areté – a Classical Greek term about fulfilment of potential and purpose. He uses it in the context of a story about himself …
As a teenager, he longed to ‘make it’ as a musician. He subsequently started a band, and continued to play throughout university, and remembers many great adventures and experiences that came from it.
Dr Lomas very honestly admits that his band members all had their flaws. But more importantly, that he simply loved getting up on stage and performing,
So the relevance of areté?
That areté doesn’t mean attaining excellence:
“It just means doing your best in ways that remain true to who you are … ideally in a spirit of consideration.”