Good thoughts from Tumblr (not by me):

"If courage isn’t the absence of fear but doing the right thing regardless of it, maybe confidence isn’t the absence of insecurity but knowing you have real worth despite it"

"By this same token, maybe goodness isn’t the absence of bad thoughts or impulses, but the conscious choice to behave according to your moral ideals in spite of them."


@twistylittlepassages Not just maybe, but I remember my partner (PhD in religious studies) explaining to me that virtue ethics is built on the idea that something isn't a virtue unless you can choose it. The good we do by accident or by our own nature, without temptation to do otherwise, is not considered a true virtue. It has to be a choice.

@compostablespork i always thought virtue ethics was fundamentally about working to become the kind of person who does the right thing without having to think about choosing it.

i think there's another word for the "it's the choosing that gives it moral value" school of thought but i don't think this is the defining part of what people usually call "virtue ethics".

@carcinopithecus you could well be right, I was the biochem major, I just married the one who cares about virtue. :blobderpy:

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