Only the virtuous can count on life, the pursuer of evil can only ever count on death.
Never try to lock the virtue’s door with the key of vice
It may lock forever; never to be opened again
It be urged that the wild and uncultivated tree, hitherto yielding sour and bitter fruit only, can never be made to yield better; yet we know that the grafting art implants a new tree on the savage stock, producing what is most estimable in kind and degree. Education, in like manner, engrafts a new man on the native stock, and improves what in his nature was vicious and perverse into qualities of virtue and social worth.
Man cannot survive except by gaining knowledge, and reason is his only means to gain it. Reason is the faculty that perceives, identifies and integrates the material provided by his senses. The task of his senses is to give him the evidence of existence, but the task of identifying it belongs to his reason, his senses tell him only that something is, but what it is must be learned by his mind.
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Cling to the One who clings to nothing;
And so clinging, cease to cling.
Perception of personal danger very often set people on the path of virtue.
No place is ugly to those who understand the virtues and sweetness of everything that God has made.
I’m helped by a gentle notion from Buddhist psychology, that there are “near enemies
There is no virtue or vice in a transitive verb, everything depends on the direct object. ‘I LOVE’ could be virtuous or not – you could love ice cream, Jesus, child porn, my country, hurting people, the lust of the flesh. Love is not an automatic virtue. Hatred is not an automatic vice. What’s the direct object? from Debate In The Age Of The Glitter-Bomb in The City, Fall 2013.