Virtues are characteristics that support overall wellbeing.
In Buddhism this might be described as Sīla, or internal, aware, and intentional ethical behavior, according to one’s commitment to the path of liberation. Wikipedia This is one part of the Noble Eightfold Path.
- conscientiousness (apramāda), which is a meticulous concern for what is to be engaged in and what is to be avoided;
- mindfulness] (smṛti), which means not forgetting what should be adopted and abandoned; and
- vigilance (sampajañña), which involves [continually] checking the status of your body, speech and mind.
As we go through life, we can evaluate ourselves for predatory mindsets, tendencies, and archetypes and seek to replace them with virtues. This will lead to liberation. Therefore we can look at embodying virtues as having a set of skills that can power us through the darkest times of life.
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius
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These virtues will be seen as weaknesses by some, because on Earth we’ve been accustomed to seeing the aggressive dominating ego as the key to success and functioning within this field. Yet, as that distortion fades we are able to see that our true strength is found within.
Do we have self control? Are we able to withstand difficulties without falling apart? Can we admit when we’ve made a mistake? Can we consider the needs of others and not just ourselves? Do have respect for life? Are we in control of our base urges? Can we respond to tyrannical people as opposed to reacting to them? When we can do these things we are far from weak. It takes great strength to masters oneself in a world that enforces that one must bow to external predatory masters.
“Be careful to give no offence, and keep cool under all circumstances.” – Abraham Lincoln to Mark Delahay, May 12, 1860
March 1, 2023
Created on March 1, 2023 – Last Updated on March 3, 2023 by Jennifer Nelson