Making amends for harm done is a duty, to be sure. But the spirit with which one does this noble work of repair testifies to one’s character.
Contrition goes beyond mere regret or even remorse. The contrite person hurts because of the hurt they caused. And they work to mend wounds.
Recognizing manipulation tactics when you encounter them, and responding appropriately is key to both sanity and personal empowerment.
Egocentricity and attitudes of entitlement are normal characteristics of immaturity. Growing beyond these tendencies is the mark of mature character.
Preserving liberty requires character. Ultimately, it’s not our laws that keep us safe. Only folks of character heed them, anyway.
Cultivating character has no shortcuts. Healthy socialization is a longer and more arduous process for humans than for any other species.
How Culture Influences Character Culture influences character development in many ways. Various values, norms, and traditions largely define a culture. And cultures invariably promote these things and their embrace by constituents. (Cultures also tend to punish failures to embrace these things!) Consequently, culture has a lot to do with the attitudes folks form and the … Continue reading Culture Influences Character and Vice-Versa
What Laws Can’t Fix Laws never permanently fix social problems. And perhaps the proof lies in the numbers. There are millions of laws on the books. Conscientious folks don’t behave themselves merely because of them. And the bad actors among us have always either ignored them or found a way around them. (See: Another Aggressive Personality … Continue reading Laws Can’t Fix What Only Character Can
Forging good character is inherently hard work. So, you have to have the heart for it.
Covert personalities are not who they appear to be. They know how to look good but don’t care much about actually being good. By the time you figure out who they really are, you’ve already invested much and a lot of damage has been done.