In Praise of Virtue

Cultivating virtue, generosity, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, resolve, universal love, equanimity, compassion.
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:38 am

He who gave us our nature to be perfected by our virtue, willed also the necessary means of its perfection.
Edmund Burke
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:52 pm

To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine.

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:43 pm

Brothers and sisters, continue to think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.
Philippians 4:8
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:59 pm

8. The best (man) is like water.
Water is good; it benefits all things and does not
compete with them.
It dwells in (lowly) places that all disdain.
This is why it is so near to Tao.
[The best man] in his dwelling loves the earth.
In his heart, he loves what is profound.
In his associations, he loves humanity.
In his words, he loves faithfulness.
In government, he loves order.
In handling affairs, he loves competence.
In his activities, he loves timeliness.
It is because he does not compete that he is
without reproach.
Lao Tzu
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:11 am

Virtue (Latin: virtus, Ancient Greek: ἀρετή "arete") is moral excellence. A virtue is a trait or quality that is deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness. The opposite of virtue is vice.

The four classic cardinal virtues are temperance, prudence, courage, and justice. Christianity derives the three theological virtues of faith, hope and love (charity) from 1 Corinthians. Together these make up the seven virtues. Buddhism's four brahmavihara ("Divine States") can be regarded as virtues in the European sense. The Japanese Bushidō code is characterized by up to ten virtues, including rectitude, courage, and benevolence.

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:56 pm

Under the auspices and direction of Divine Providence,
your forefathers removed to the wilds and wilderness of
America. By their industry they made it a fruitful, and by
their virtue a happy country. And we should still have enjoyed
the blessings of peace and plenty, if we had not forgotten
the source from which those blessings flowed; and
permitted our country to be contaminated by the many
shameful vices which have prevailed among us.
John Jay

Too many vices today, as in 1770s, flow from forgetting the Source of blessings!
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:15 pm

Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!
Friedrich Nietzsche
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:07 pm

And so in the days when natural instincts prevailed, men moved quietly and gazed steadily. At that time, there were no roads over mountains, nor boats, nor bridges over water. All things were produced, each for its own proper sphere. Birds and beasts multiplied; trees and shrubs grew up. The former might be led by the hand; you could climb up and peep into the raven’s nest. For then man dwelt with birds and beasts, and all creation was one. There were no distinctions of good and bad men. Being all equally without knowledge, their virtue could not go astray. Being all equally without evil desires, they were in a state of natural integrity, the perfection of human existence.
Chuang-tse (ch. IX)
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:27 pm

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
—Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:37 pm

Humans themselves are makers of themselves - by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; for mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance.
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:33 am

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not just seven times, but seventy-seven times!

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:29 pm

There is a care for trifles which proceeds from love of conscience, and is most holy;
and a care for trifles which comes of idleness and frivolity, and is most base.
Ruskin
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:08 pm

Give unto me, made lowly wise,
The spirit of self-sacrifice;
The confidence of reason give,
And in the light of truth thy bondman let me live!
Wordsworth's Ode to Duty
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nightbird » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:15 am

Nicholas wrote:
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:38 am
He who gave us our nature to be perfected by our virtue, willed also the necessary means of its perfection.
Edmund Burke
My first thought after reading this was 'does our nature need perfecting at all?' Perfection is a religious concept, a measurement, of what we should be creating as opposed to what is. Religious thinking is a non-essential mental activity that is learned through the various cultures one finds oneself in. I think it is something that must be let go of to see the already perfect nature that is always present.

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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:11 pm

Virtuous, therefore, is the man who relieves the corporeal wants of others, who wipes away the tear of sorrow, and gives agony repose; but more virtuous he who, by disseminating wisdom, expels ignorance from the soul, and thus benefits the immortal part of man. For it may indeed be truly said, that he who has not even a knowledge of common things is a brute among men; that he who has an accurate knowledge of human concerns alone is a man among brutes; but that he who knows all that can be known by intellectual energy is a God among men.
Thomas Taylor, from his Introduction to Metaphysics of Aristotle.
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:25 pm

From Porphyry's Sentences on the four stages of virtue. Passages in quote marks are from Plotinus Enneads:
First Ennead, Book Two: On Virtues

There is a difference between the virtues of the
citizen, those of the man who attempts to rise to contemplation,
and who on this account, is said to possess a
contemplative mind; those of him who contemplates
intelligence; and finally those of pure Intelligence,
which is completely separated from the soul.
1. The civil virtues consist of moderation in passions,
and in letting one's actions follow the rational laws of
duty. The object of these virtues being to make us
benevolent in our dealings with our fellow~human
beings, they are called civil virtues because they mutually
unite citizens. "Prudence refers to the rational part
of our soul; courage, to that part of the soul subject to
anger; temperance consists in the agreement and harmony
of appetite and reason; finally justice, consists in
the accomplishment, by all these faculties, of the function
proper to each of them, either to command, or to obey."
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:29 pm

Porphyry on the second stage of virtue, part one:
2. The virtues of the man who tries to rise to contemplation
consist in detaching oneself from things here
below; that is why they are called "purifications." They
command us to abstain from activities which innervate
the organs, and which excite the affections that relate to
the body. The object of these virtues is to raise the soul
to genuine existence. While the civil virtues are the
ornament of mortal life, and prepare the soul for the
purificatory virtues, the latter direct the man whom they
adorn to abstain from activities in which the body predominates.
Thus, in the purificatory virtues, "Prudence
consists in not forming opinions in harmony with the
body, but in acting by oneself, which is the work of pure
thought. Temperance consists in not sharing the passions
of the body; Courage, in not fearing separation
therefrom, as if death drove man into emptiness and
annihilation; while Justice exacts that reason and intelligence
command and be obeyed." The civil virtues
moderate the passions; their object is to teach us to live
in conformity with the laws of human nature. The
contemplative virtues obliterate the passions from the
soul; their object is to assimilate man to the divinity.
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Re: In Praise of Virtue

Post by Nicholas » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:35 pm

The final part of the second stage of virtue:
There is a difference between purifying oneself, and
being pure. Consequently, the purificatory virtues may,
like purification itself, be considered in two lights; they
purify the soul, and they adorn the purified soul, because
the object of purification is purity. But "since
purification and purity consist in being separated from
every foreign entity, the good is something different
from the soul that purifies itself. If the soul that purifies
herself had possessed the good before losing her purity,
it would be sufficient for the soul to purify herself; but in
this very case, what would remain to her after the
purification would be the good; she can only participate
therein, and have its form; otherwise the soul would not
have fallen into evil. For the soul, good consists in being
united to her author, and her evil is to unite with lower things."

Of evil, there are two kinds: the one is to unite with
lower things; the other is to abandon oneself to the
passions. The civil virtues owe their name as virtues and
their value to their releasing the soul from one of these
two kinds of evil [that is, of the passions]. The
purificatory virtues are superior to the former, in that
they free the soul from her characteristic form of evil
[that is, union with lower things]. "Therefore, when the
soul is pure, she must be united to her author; her virtue,
after her 'conversion,' consists in her knowledge and
science of veritable existence; not that the soul lacks
this knowledge, but because without her
superior principle---without intelligence---she
does not see what she possesses. "
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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