Sunday, October 30, 2011

Something to think about.....What is Character?

Good character is what many people say they want in an employee, student, coach, athlete, ect. Example, We hear the question all the time what does it take to be a good athlete? A lot of coaches say well he/she must have a good character.... But what is good character...what is the definition? In my PED 284 self-defense class with Dr. Malmberg we had a great discussion about this. The definition of character is "the sum of the virtues". No matter what culture or society a person may come from there are behaviors that are set that mostly everybody would agree on, we center right and wrong around character. What is a virtue? Well, here they are: Honesty, Self-Discipline, Prevalence, Responsibility, Respect, Loyalty, Faith, Friendship, Work, Compassion, and Courage. In my opinion it should be everybody's goal to be the best person they can be, be virtuous in as many ways as possible! You are what you do...actions speak louder then words!
"Only a virtuous nation can sustain a democracy"- Benjamin Franklin
 "One becomes virtuous by performing virtuous acts"- Aristotle
"The Book of Virtues" By William J. Bennett

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