Whatever happened to the idea of practicing being virtuous?
I know, I know - as soon as I have written these lines, there are two likely immediate reactions. The first is the one where I am accused (perhaps justly) of not understanding the world we live in and what we are facing, the second that I am proposing (yet again) a series of actions and beliefs that do not at all fit into the modern world.
But - if you will willingly suspend disbelief and the immediate reaction - turn the question on its head. I cannot - indeed we cannot - change the practices of individuals. Whatever happened to the idea of practicing being virtuous as an example to others?
The definition of virtuous, according to Webster, is:
- Morally excellent, righteous;
- Potent, efficacious.