Improvement Within: a Spiritual and Philosophic approach
To Improve oneself is the beginning of a positive path to a deeply satisfied life. It is a process which begins with small steps in the right direction. There are no secrets here, no tricks. It is a simple and clear process which brings the person to fulfillment and contentment.
One may think this a simple approach to life's accomplishments, but it goes a bit deeper as one looks at improvement as a primary goal of a person or humankind itself.
Aristotle systematized humankind's primary wants. He wrote that all humankind always wishes for their good; so, ultimate goodness, then, was ultimately one's goal. By achieving their good they have happiness. It has often been suggested that Aristotle thought happiness was humankind's ultimate wish. 1
The difference between person's wanting improvement or wanting happiness may seem to be of little difference; but, as we will see, the difference might become a great deal. In the long run, improvement is an easier, less frustrating, and quicker goal to attain. When put up to the test of reason, improvement again, seems to out weigh happiness or the good for the best choice for what a person chiefly desires.
Perhaps this web site in not the place to dispute or prove the above point (see Institute for the Philosophy of Improvement) , however, it is the place where we will encourage spiritual or inner development by way of the process as well as the goal of improvement.
1. Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics