Virtue is a way of behaving in which someone do what is morally write and avoids things that are morally wrong. It is also a moral habit which helps in maintaining someones values.Virtues are pre-thought out methods for achieving your values or a particular aim in life.It helps us to avoid great dangers in life and prevents from making mistakes. This means that acting virtuous leads to a happy and successful life.
List of virtues
1)Self controle:This is about having self control in all things.
Sexual relations and other pleasurable activities,eating,anger etc should be kept in moderation.
2)Courage:Courage is the ability to act in the face of danger,uncertainty,pain, significant harm or risk. It is an important part of one’s life.
3)Patience: It is the ability to delay or wait for what is desired.
4)Integrity:It is the virtue of practicing what one believes is right.
5)Persistence: continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
6)Self respect: respecting oneself.Have faith in your self.
7)Honesty: being honest to others.
8)self reliance(Independence): consume nothing that you haven’t earned. Every unearned gift is a blow to one’s confidence.
9)Kindness:being friendly, generous, and considerate.
10)Charisma:Compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others.
11)Cleanliness:the habit of keeping free of superficial imperfections. Outer cleanliness is to be cultivated for good health and hygiene.. Inner cleanliness is maintained by refraining from intoxicants.
12)Peace: One must cultivate a peaceful manner in order to benefit oneself and those around one.
13)Silence:Talk less than necessary.Avoid arguments with fools.
14)Gratitude:Being thankful, show appreciation for others.
15) Self determination:make your own decisions without interference from others.
16)Rationality: act by reason.Question everything.
17)Harmony:Mind and emotions should be well balanced.
Benjamin franklin’s 13 virtues
In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin created a system to develop his character. In his autobiography, Franklin listed his thirteen virtues as:
- Temperance: Eat not to Dullness. Drink not to Elevation.
- Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling Conversation.
- Order: Let all your Things have their Places. Let each Part of your Business have its Time.
- Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
- Frugality: Make no Expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. Waste nothing.
- Industry: Lose no Time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary Actions.
- Sincerity: Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
- Justice: Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty.
- Moderation: Avoid Extremes. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve.
- Cleanliness: Tolerate no Uncleanness in Body, Clothes or Habitation.
- Tranquility: Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable.
- Chastity: Rarely use venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dullness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another’s Peace or Reputation.
- Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
“I propos’d to myself, for the sake of clearness, to use rather more names, with fewer ideas annex’d to each, than a few names with more ideas; and I included under thirteen names of virtues all that at that time occurr’d to me as necessary or desirable, and annexed to each a short precept, which fully express’d the extent I gave to its meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin