In morning History class, I have been learning about the six Stoic virtues, which are:

My word is my bond.
I seek to limit my desires in order to control them, so they do not control me.
I seek good, hard work.
I practice thrift.
I practice non-boasting and non-complaint.
I practice mercy and non-retaliation.

If I follow these virtues, I can earn group esteem and self-esteem, because I will be known by others and myself to be trustworthy. I will be bringing out the best in others, and I will be bringing the best into my life.

I will do the good (in accord with reality,) hard (pushing past just good, into what I fear) work necessary to become virtuous. To be this person I must not focus on the wrongs of others, and I will not hold their mistakes against them. Instead I will remember and use them as a guide. As Mr. Kevin says, “If you stoop as low as a mud-slinger in order to get back at him, how can we tell you apart?”

I will not complain about anything; I will get to work fixing it.

Following the Stoic virtues appears simple, but virtue means strength. I will need to be strong in order to follow them, rather than just doing what is easiest or most fun. In order for me to be strong and to have a good character, I will practice virtue. I will never be perfect, but I will seek, strive, and progress.

When I have the strength of character I am seeking, I will not have to say what I believe or what my character stands for. It will be shown through my actions. As John F. Kennedy said, “If we are strong, our character will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help.”

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