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De (Chinese)

De (Chinese) De (Chinese: 德), also written as Te, is a key concept in Chinese philosophy, usually translated “inherent character; inner power; integrity” in Taoism, “moral character; virtue; morality” in Confucianism and other contexts, and “quality; virtue” (guna) or “merit; virtuous deeds” (punya) in Chinese Buddhism. The word Chinese de 德 is an ancient and linguistically complex word. The...

Credibility

What Is Credibility? Credibility comprises the objective and subjective components of the believability of a source or message. Credibility has two key components: trustworthiness and expertise, which both have objective and subjective components. Trustworthiness is based more on subjective factors, but can include objective measurements such as established reliability. Expertise can be similarly subjectively perceived,...

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Positive Human Characteristics Of Wisdom

Positive Human Characteristics Of Wisdom When a person possesses good character it can be observed through their actions. It’s not limited to a single value but the traits are demonstrated in the “good” choices they make and the “bad” choices they avoid. compassion responsibility positive attitude integrity acceptance self-knowledge detached...

Character And Success

Character And Success A YEAR or two ago I was speaking to a famous Yale professor, one of the most noted scholars in the country, and one who is even more than a scholar, because he is in every sense of the word a man. We had been discussing the...

What Is The Virtue of Justice?

The Virtue of Justice Being just to other people, however, presupposes a more fundamental order of justice in which we name things justly. We could not fulfill our obligation in justice to pay another the ten dollars we owe him if we fail to call a sawbuck a sawbuck, and...

The Virtue Of Uprightness

The Virtue Of Uprightness “For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face,” says Psalm 11:7. While there are many allusions to the virtue of “uprightness” in the Old Testament, it is scarcely ever mentioned in today’s secular world. Uprightness, nonetheless, remains an essential...

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What Is Honesty?

Honesty Honesty is a facet of moral character that connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity, truthfulness, straightforwardness, including straightforwardness of conduct, along with the absence of lying, cheating, theft, etc. Honesty also involves being trustworthy, loyal, fair, and sincere. Honesty is valued in many ethnic and religious cultures.[1][2][3][4][5] “Honesty is the best policy” is a proverb of Edwin Sandys, while the quote “Honesty...

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Absurdism

What Is Absurdism? In philosophy, “the Absurd” refers to the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and the human inability to find any in a purposeless, meaningless or chaotic and irrational universe. The universe and the human mind do not each separately cause the Absurd, but rather, the...

Justice As A Virtue

Justice (virtue) Justice is one of the four cardinal virtues in classical European philosophy and Roman Catholicism. It is the moderation or mean between selfishness and selflessness – between having more and having less than one’s fair share.[1] Justice is closely related, in Christianity, to the practice of Charity (virtue) because it...

Vision and Virtue

Vision and Virtue Most cultures have recognized that morality, religion, story, and myth are bound together in some vital way, and that to sever the connections among them leaves us not with strong and independent ethical principles but with weak and unprotected ones. One way to counter moral illiteracy is...

Morals

Quotes About Morals Morals are a set of noble principles that originate in high spirituality and govern human conduct. For this reason, people who neglect spirituality, and therefore lack spiritual values, cannot sustain conduct in accordance with these principles. – M. Fethullah Gulen Preferring the interests of others over one’s...

Honesty

Honesty: A Muslim View When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour (the Day of Judgment). These are the words of Prophet Muhammad. They paint a picture of the time leading up to the Day of Judgement, when righteous people will be sorrowful due to the lack of honesty...

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The Virtue Of Integrity

The Virtue Of Integrity At the opposite ends of the moral spectrum are holiness and multiplicity. This pairing of polar opposites may seem odd at first, but it is solidly biblical. Holiness is so named because it represents wholeness or unity of personality. God is eminently holy and His saints...

Integrity In The Moment Of Choice

Integrity In The Moment Of Choice Whenever you make a new commitment to yourself, such as to begin a new exercise program, you will undoubtedly be challenged. A large part of life lies outside your direct control, and one of those external influences will eventually impact you and press you...

Integrity

What Is Integrity? The word integrity is from Old French integrité innocence, blamelessness; chastity, purity, or directly from Latin integritatem (nominative integritas) “soundness, wholeness, completeness,” figuratively “purity, correctness, blamelessness,” from integer “whole”.[1] Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, or moral uprightness. It is a personal choice...

The Virtue of Justice

The Virtue of Justice Justice is the virtue that perfects the will. It is defined as the constant and perpetual will to render each person his due. There are three different kinds of justice that correspond to the three basic relations that form the structure of life within society. Corresponding...

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Morality

What Is Morality? Morality (moralis, lit. ‘manner, character, proper behavior’) is the differentiation of intentions, decisions and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper.[1] Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person...

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Good Character and Morality Quotes

Good Character and Morality Character, a “branding mark” on products; an engraved or stamped mark on coins or seals) is a word which may refer to any symbol or artificial sign, and often refers to human moral character involving assessments of mental qualities and moral virtues, or lack of them. Character structure is the pattern of relatively permanent...

Sincerity

What Is Sincerity? Sincerity is the virtue of one who communicates and acts in accordance with their feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and desires. Etymology The Oxford English Dictionary and most scholars state that sincerity from sincere is derived from the Latin sincerus meaning clean, pure, sound (1525–35). Sincerus may have once meant “one growth” (not mixed), from sin- (one) and crescere (to grow).[1] Crescere is cognate with “Ceres,”...

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