Of Virtues and Values
"It is not living that matters, but living rightly."
"To find yourself, think for yourself" - Socrates
Many people see the schism within the lifestyle, some see it just forming, others of us know it has been there for some time now. Most times it seems to fall into the "old farts" and the "newbies", each having their different perspectives on how things should be. I am one of the "old farts", however I am not so stupid as to think the old ways are the best ways, I think a mix is what is called for.
"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice" - Thomas Paine
The biggest difference in the manner of the old versus the new is the virtues and values we hold dear, some would say the newer generation has none, the educational experiment of the 70s eradicated the values traditionally passed on, this created the "what's in it for me" generations that have followed. Many of us however had grandparents who passed these values on to us, we know what honor and integrity are, for those who don't, might I recommend some Buddha or Socrates perhaps?
"When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary" - Thomas Paine
Those of us who do hold to the virtues of the past have a responsibility to pass these on to the new generation, and the new generation has a responsibility to learn these values, if we don't then we are doomed to failure.
"Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I am not alone in speaking out about the need for values in the lifestyle, how our inclusivity has almost destroyed us, many of the "old farts" have given speeches, written articles, and generally been run out the lifestyle for it. Inclusivity comes with a price we cannot pay, yes we need diversity, but not at the price of including those who are damaging to others. We must be willing to stand up and say "No more".
"No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it." - Ovid
We each have values, but are those values virtuous? Selfish values will only drain the lifestyle of the energy and vitality it needs to grow and excel. Enlightened self interest is one thing, greed is another entirely. Live as you would be seen.
"The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them." - Socrates
I know this one is likely a bit preachy, but that is the nature of the beast often, I would still like to hear other people's views on this subject.
7 Aug 2009 00:00:00
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