vir·tue | [vur-choo] | noun
- the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
synonyms: advantage, character, consideration, faith, fortitude, hope, ideal, innocence, merit, quality, rectitude, value, worthiness
This week we explore the difference between what is right and what is wrong. But, who determines if an act is virtuous? Is this determination made with truth or judgement?
Years ago, someone that is very dear to me chose to cut me from his life. He determined that I treated he, and his wife, unjustly. I, on the other hand, believe that I acted virtuously, spoke with caring truth. Who should be the one to determine the virtuous party? I suppose we can only look to our hearts and be as true as we can.
He has a right to protect his family. I have a right to reach out when I passionately care. If we are both acting virtuously in our hearts, perhaps we are both right; and simply on our own paths – now diverged from each other.
Virtue, at its deepest meaning is to live by solid principles and be consistent in one’s dealings with the world.
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. – Aristotle
The Seven Contrary Virtues were derived from the Psychomachia (“Battle for the Soul”), an epic poem written by Prudentius (c. 410). Practicing these virtues is alleged to protect one against temptation toward the Seven Deadly Sins:
humility against pride
kindness against envy
abstinence against gluttony
chastity against lust
patience against anger
liberality against greed
diligence against sloth
Now, let’s face it; no one is perfect. I’m certainly not.
However, everything we say, everything we do, has impact on someone else. May I suggest, simply, that by holding these virtues at the forefront of our minds every day and all the time; And simply having respect for self and others, will help us to live with clear conscious. (I just prefer to sleep well at night! )
Virtue? a fig! ’tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners. -William Shakespeare
Philosophy In Action
In this week of virtue, do your very best to make the wisest choice from your heart, with respect; for yourself and for those in your path. Each day, at one point, make a more valiant choice, choose a higher road, and you will walk away with a more pleasant feeling in your heart.
Color Your World
Sun Orange eliminates self-consciousness and allows you to express yourself with radiance and confidence.
When balanced, the sacral (orange glowing) chakra can help us find healthy pleasure.