Every civilization has considered the best way to live, but the present culture is more interested in how we want to live than in the best way to live. Personal preference has triumphed over excellence . . .
Relativism claims no best way to live, because it is different for everyone as we factor place and time for each person with roles, needs, hopes, desires and responsibilities.
The best way to live should help us to become what God created us to be. We live to become what God created them, to be loving God and our neighbor, to enter into God’s Kingdom.
Great philosophers, such as Kant, Aquinas, Descartes and Aristotele, agreed virtue is the best way to live. Two patient people will have a better relationship than two impatient people, likewise for two generous people and two humble people. Every societal form – family, organization, community, nation – is an extension and multiplication of the relationship. Virtue benefits other people, since anything we think, say and do affects other people.
Self-control can delay gratification. Some contemporary philosophies, like hedonism and relativism, may hinder self-control.