Collectivism which promotes formation of a relationship with the other members of the community is a must. In contrast with individualism, collectivism stresses interdependence among humans and the primacy of collective effort (Froivinber). When people maintain this outlook, society as a whole will flourish. Stated in another sense, the success of one’s society is attributable to its member’s maintenance of the so-called, civic relationship. This kind of relationship shall be explained in the light of Aristotle’s philosophical ideas. His notions shall then be compared and contrasted with the contemporary views on “best places to work”.
Aristotle’s elaboration on civic relationships is associated with the following words: happiness, virtues, deliberation, justice, and friendship. The explanation of each is to be found in his literary work known as “Nichomachean Ethics.”
Happiness for Aristotle “is the best, noblest and most pleasant thing” on earth (Aristotle et al. 17). In relation to civic relationships, he explains happiness in view of self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency is to be determined by relationships. According to him, being self-sufficient does not mean that which is adequate for a human by himself or herself or for one who is in solitary living, but also for one’s family, friends, and co-citizens. In another sense, self-sufficiency makes life desirable and complete when isolated (Aristotle et al. 12). This kind of isolation is entirely different from one who lives in a solitary life. An individual who lives alone does not achieve self-sufficiency. This is due to the fact that a human being needs the companion of others to thrive and feel secure. What it refers to is the type of isolation wherein a group is isolated and in such a group, the individual is a member. In a sense, Aristotle deems a person self-sufficient as long as he or .she has formed a relationship with others and eventually becomes part of a group. .