What Are Virtues?

Aristotle was a Greek Philosopher, a student of Plato who was responsible for major contributions for metaphysics to ethics, aesthetics and politics.  He believed that the function of a human was to engage in an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue.   He believed there were two primary paths of virtue, intellectual and moral. 

There were a list of 13 Virtues defined by Aristotle that would make a person complete and society a better place. Today, perhaps more than ever, we can find an opportunity to better ourselves and the world we live in simply by reminded of the power of Virtue. 

The 13 Virtues are:  

1 - Contemplation - intellectual thought and consideration

2 - Courage – bravery and valor

3 - Temperance – self-control and restraint

4 - Liberality – bigheartedness, charity, and generosity  

5 - Magnificence – radiance, joie de vivre

6 - Pride – self-satisfaction

7 - Honor – respect, reverence, admiration  

8 - Good Temper – equanimity, level-headedness

9 - Friendliness – conviviality, and sociability

10 - Truthfulness – straightforwardness, frankness, and candor

11 - Wit – sense of humor – meaninglessness and absurdity  

12 - Friendship – camaraderie and companionship

13 - Justice – impartiality, evenhandedness, and fairness