Aristotle himself draws a distinct line between intellectual and moral virtue “Intellectual virtue owes both its inception and its growth chiefly to instruction,…Moral goodness, on the other hand, is the result of habit”. Intellectual growth is and should be the responsibility of the state up to a certain age and education level. Every child deserves to have their minds stretched, to be pushed to new boundaries and filled with the excitement of new ideas. Due to economic inconsistencies not every family can afford the luxury of and education. It is the responsibility of the state to prevent and demolish glass ceilings that would stop any American citizen from reaching their intellectual potential. Through education citizens will find intellectual virtue.
However moral virtues are a personal endeavor created by rational thought, the one trait that according to Aristotle, separates us from the beasts of the world. A human being should never be forced or coerced into acting virtuously. Forcing moral virtues rids them of the joy and “happiness” that true morality brings. Government regulation of morality would poison the beauty of a thoughtful act of service. It is a hope that at some point our government and its leaders will serve as an example of morality and goodness, but until then every citizen should be left to their own personal search for moral Truth.