Character First. VIRTUE. Character is the inward motivation to do what is right in every situation even when no one is looking. VIRTUE. Virtue is the moral excellence evident in my life as I consistently do what is right. VIRTUE.
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Virtue is the moral excellence evident in my life as I consistently do what is right.
Virtue motivates a person to resist the impulse to do wrong and take the action to do what is right.
Virtue is the inward motivation to do the right thing—even when popular opinion encourages you to do something wrong.
Virtue emerges as individuals build good character—one quality at a time.
Do What Is Right and Encourage Others to Do the Same:
Guard My Eyes, Ears, Words, and Thoughts:
Learn to Stand Alone:
Abstain From Anything Which Might Damage or Pollute My Mind or Body:
Treat Others as I Would Want Them to Treat Me:
“True beauty consists in purity of heart.”
“Riches adorn the dwelling; virtue adorns the person.”
“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”
The white egret is wired by nature to do the right thing in order to survive. It swallows a fish head first to avoid a fish being caught in its throat.
These birds like to “live clean.” It uses its under plumage, its downy feathers that turn into a powdery dust, to rub our dirt and maintain its cleanliness.
Young egrets are vulnerable and need guidance. They choose to stay close to their parents. By choosing their associations wisely, they learn critical survival skills.
In the 1900 century, egrets were killed for their plumage. The price of their plumes exceeded that of gold. When almost extinct, legislation was passed to protect the egret.
William Penn received a piece of frontier land west of the Delaware from King Charles II of England. He accepted the land in place of the monetary debt owed to his deceased father.
The King teased Penn that the Indian’s would eat him, but Penn said he planned on purchasing the land from the Indians. “Buy their land?” the king asked. “Is not the whole of America mine? Did not my people discover it?”
Penn did eventually pay various native tribes for their lands. He organized the colony of Pennsylvania under a government that protected the rights of individual citizens.
Philadelphia became the largest and wealthiest city in colonial America.
The Declaration of Independence was written and adopted there. Pennsylvania also became the first state to outlaw slavery.
Thomas Jefferson called William Penn “the greatest lawgiver the world has produced; the first who laid the foundation of government in the pure principles of peace, of reason and right.”