Many philosophers believe that morality consists of following precisely defined rules of conduct, such as "don't kill," or "don't steal." Presumably, I must learn these rules, and then make sure each of my actions live up to the rules. Virtue ethics , however, places less emphasis on learning rules, and instead stresses the importance of developing good habits of character , such as benevolence (see moral character ). Once I've acquired benevolence, for example, I will then habitually act in a benevolent manner. Historically, virtue theory is one of the oldest normative traditions in Western philosophy, having its roots in ancient Greek civilization. Plato emphasized four virtues in particular, which were later called cardinal virtues : wisdom, courage, temperance and justice. Other important virtues are fortitude, generosity, self-respect, good temper, and sincerity. In addition to advocating good habits of character, virtue theorists hold that we should avoid acquiring bad character traits, or vices , such as cowardice, insensibility, injustice, and vanity. Virtue theory emphasizes moral education since virtuous character traits are developed in one's youth. Adults, therefore, are responsible for instilling virtues in the young.
I, like many people had been beating myself up for years for past failures & non-accomplishments of opportunities past. One day spent reading both Carol Dweck’s theory of why we do this,& your additional, actual formula on what & how we can change why we do it is like a death sentence being lifted. I am not perfect yet, but I am now more capable of becoming capable in my eyes & therefore in my life.
Robert L. Stevens
This is taking some privilege but, this in the vehicle I used to make my escape.
ALL MY GOODBYES
I’ve said all my good byes, my how & my why’s, have all been made good
All of my hopes & my schemes my losses & dreams, turned out just as they should
Where I go from here whether far or near is not good or bad,
but what is most important is the life that I’ve had.
So, who sees the real me? The timber of my tree, the heart of my soul?
Not, did I lose or win, where I’ve gone or where I’ve been,
judge not just the sin, but the whole.
The great truth of life, be ye man or wife, daughter or son
We will all come to the day when the soul will tell the truth, of what we have done
And when that day comes, only then can you say that you lost or you won.
Only then can you say that you lost or you won.
So, I’ll say all my good byes,because my how and my why’s have all been made good
All my hopes and my schemes my losses and dreams turned out just as they should.
Written by Robert L. Stevens