A Middle-Eastern guru commandingly told people to “Follow me!” What is the right path to life, and who has it? The unified mantra today is, “there is no right path, every person sets their own truth.” There you go. No need to consult Mohammad, or Socrates or Lincoln or Mother Teresa. Your god is within. Aristotle begins the Nicomachean Ethics by basically saying that everyone is doing what is right. All actions tend toward the good. Since we are all defining our own truth, then all is well, and we need search no further. Utopia has arrived.
Except. Except that we all know that it hasn’t. School shootings. Cancer. Deadly gas in Syria. Not everything that everyone sets out to do is right. So you are wrong on that point, Aristotle. Not all actions tend toward the good. Some actions are stupid, some wrong, some downright evil, some cruel and despicable. So back to our initial inquiry. What is the right path to life, and who has it?