They who disbelieve in virtue because man has never been found perfect, might as reasonably deny a sun because it is not always day. ~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827
“V” is for virtue, which is the opposite of vice.
As human beings we’re imperfect. We can strive to BE and DO good, but the reality is that we will never attain perfection. I’m okay with that; however, some people aren’t. They see their shortcomings and imperfections as negative things. But, that only applies if those failings are intentional and mean-spirited; directed at others or ourselves. This can apply to something as benign as eating the extra piece of pie, or more serious like spreading rumors.
We have free will; the ability to act at our own discretion. If we make an honest effort to live a virtuous life and avoid the vices, then we’re doing a good job. At those times when we succumb to emotions and poor thinking, we need to exercise compassion; for others, as well as ourselves. We need to acknowledge our mistake and make amends.
Because we all have the capacity for both virtue and vice, it’s my hope that people will consider both when forming judgements about themselves and others. Without seeing the whole picture we’ll have an incomplete view and our judgement will be skewed.
And we’ll deny ourselves the opportunity to truly understand.