More Virtue | More Vanity
the idea that excellence is a product of training isn't surprising athletes musicians and those who achieve preeminence in other areas requiring superior personal performance are well aware of the necessity and value of continuous training. The point that may not be as obvious as that training and habituation are prerequisites for areas of excellence beyond developing physical skills and individual talents. They are necessary for emotional excellence. Moral excellence interpersonal. Excellence as well as intellectual. Excellence the point. That may be even less obvious. Is that aristotle also said that training and habituation are prerequisite virtue people have the capacity to be virtuous but become virtuous people only through training and habitually acting rightly one becomes virtuous by acting virtuously. How does one act virtuously CICERO advised? It is our special duty that if anyone needs our help we should give him such help to the utmost of our power Confucius said to be able to practice five things everywhere under Heaven Constitutes Perfect Virtue. Gravity generosity of soul sincerity earnestness and kindness. Although one practices gravity is less than obvious. The other four requirements need no explanation. John Wesley was even clearer. When he said do all the good. You can buy all the means you can in all the ways you can in all the places you can at all the times you can to all the people you can as long as ever you can. Now that leaves little room for doubt or negotiation. The message has not changed over the Millennia Dante. Sad He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused. Gandhi said we must be the change we wish to see in the world. Is Virtue the path to personal joy and fulfillment probably not George Bernard? Shaw said just do what must be done. This may not be happiness but it is greatness. Why as George Eliot put it our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds. Remember Aristotle's message. We are what we repeatedly do the choicest to habitually act right or to act wrongly at that level. It's not much of a choice. The key is remembering that acting virtuously as an essential part of one's ongoing excellence training. Okay let me take a turn at this. Most people have become convinced. That vanity is a bad quality to have in fact it may actually be accountable vice which makes it more than bad. It's terrible if one exposed this negative pronouncement in more depth though. It ain't necessarily so. For example Lord Chesterfield said to this principle vanity which philosophers call the main one. And which I do not. I owe a great part of the figure which I have made in life. Vay You go chesterfield. Thought Vanity was one of the keys to his success. It may be that vanities little more than one of those things that he's just going around if so even you may have little yourself as Blaise. Pascal suggested vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired. Even I who wrote this and you who read this no listen. I come then. Mark Twain said there were no grades of Vanity there are only grades of ability in concealing it and there is no into how clever people can be win concealing it to illustrate Lewis. Kronenbourg suggested this strategy nothing so soothes the vanity as a display of greater vanity in others. It makes us vein in fact of on modesty so if you are uncomfortable with vanity substitute modesty about being not so vain as some people you know just be sure to cleverly conceal it. Francois Rachi recalled called his another one of the folks who got what makes the vanity of others insupportable. Is that it wounds. Her Own Benjamin Franklin got it to most people dislike vanity in others whatever share they have a victim selves. But I give it fair quarter wherever I meet with it. Being persuaded that is often productive of God to the possessor and two others who are within his sphere of action and therefore in many cases it would not be altogether absurd if the man were to thank God phase vanity among the comforts of Life Antonia. Polke also undestood although he did slip in ridiculous probably as a monarch concession to the vanity beliefs without this ridiculous vanity that takes the form of self display and is part of everything and everyone we would say nothing and nothing would exist. Fortunately there is a much better approach you can simply reconceptualise what folks refer to in. Yours. Vanity isn't fantasy at all Raba. It's merely a reflection of your positive self perception. It's what the psychologists call good self image if someone accuses you of Vanity. Just smile and say I'm not a giant or meek little lamb. I'm me that's who I am. I'm told of a cat and shorter than a tree. I'm the very best me you'll ever see. I like to laugh. I like to smile. I like to dream once in a while. I'm extra special but I'm still just me. I'm the very best me I know how to be. I always tried to do my best. I'm good at a lot of things and getting better at the rest. He is truth for everyone to see. It's totally terrific. Being me I tell you more stuff about who I am. I like Spaghetti and Strawberry Jam. Here at last is the most spectacular part. I'm extra-special because I'm so smart.