What Matters/Virtues Development
Virtue is excellence. The virtue of a knife is apparent in the sharpness of the blade and the fineness of its cut. The virtue of a violin is apparent in the quality of its sound.
Human virtue is excellence at being human.
Virtues describe a way of being–they are enduring character traits. They are not just a way of doing—they require more than the occasional laudable behavior. Virtue is a matter of persistent intention, and not only action.
Complete the Virtues course. Increase your virtuous behavior and decrease your vices.
Suggestions for further reading:
- Comte-Sponville, André (2002). A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life. Picador. pp. 368. ISBN 978-0805045567.
- Adams, Robert Merrihew (2009). A Theory of Virtue: Excellence in Being for the Good. USA: Oxford University Press. pp. 264. ISBN 978-0199552252.