Thursday, April 5, 2012

Virtue

"So true is this: civil liberty cannot be
long preserved without virtue."
John Witherspoon

Virtue.  It's a word we don't hear much about today - - either by definition, or by example.  Come to think of it, it's one of those words I expect to find in Merriam's collection with the term archaic adjacent to it.  Any talk of virtue is likely to be met with a blank stare or a patronizing smile. 

It's sort of a bleak way to return, isn't it.  It's been several weeks since I've dropped into the blogosphere, and here I come with a rant.  Well, maybe not a real rant.  Maybe it's just a quick hop on, hop off the soap box.  Maybe.

This doesn't happen very often, but Merriam wants us to know that virtue is not just any garden variety term.  It's meaty & robust, reaching far beyond it's synonym morality.
  • a: conformity to a standard of right,  b: a particular moral excellence
  • manly strength or courage, valor
  • a commendable quality or trait, merit
  • a capacity to act, potency 
  • chastity, especially in a woman
Now we know why it's such a rare commodity.  

"The world on the whole will gain by a liberty,
without which virtue cannot exist."
Edmund Burke

"There is no truth more thoroughly established,
than that there exists . . . an indissoluble union
between virtue and happiness."
George Washington 

Virtue's linkage (or lack thereof) extends well beyond the domain of women, as Merriam (and scripture) tells us.  We need only do a bit of channel surfing to see how dreadfully absent it is from today's line up:

...  The Family Viewing Hour now hosts 4 letter words and adult themes (What's with that "GCB" thing, anyway?  And all the paranormal stuff?). 
... Test the political waters and risk 3rd degree burns. 
... Flip through the Life & Times of Hollywood Types and plug your nose. 
... Scan the global news scene and quickly grab your Guide to Lunacy for an explanation.  

So maybe this IS a rant after-all ...

I am sooooooo grateful for all the people I know - like YOU - who subscribe to virtue's value.    


(A)s God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience.
Bear with each other and forgive one another ...
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
And over all these virtues put on love,
which binds them all together in perfect unity.  
Colossians 3:12-14

Rare?  You betcha!  And no wonder - - it's not just anyone that has a stash of rubies.

7 comments:

Saleslady371 said...

Ranting? Naw. Great definition about virtue and such a needed thing these days as you point out so well. Happy Easter to you and your beautiful family.

manthano said...

Virtue. From watching the world around me I did
not know such a word existed.

Glad you found it and published it.

At least with God's help we can strive to demonstrate
it to the world.

Thanks for the post.

Debbie said...

Good morning! GREAT post, and oh so sadly true. I love those scriptures btw. Hope you have a happy and blessed Easter. HUGS

Maryann said...

You are right, virtue is hard to find these days and especially in the media, it's getting so you can hardly watch TV anymore...even if the progam is "safe" like a cooking show...the commercials are not.
Praying that I can be that light in a world that is geting darker and darker
Have a blessed Easter

Denise said...

Glad to see you posting, have missed you. Great post, as always.

Nel said...

I also have missed you! This is a great post and so true! Very seldom do I even watch TV anymore. Thanks for sharing your heart. I hope you and your family have a blessed Easter weekend!
until next time... nel

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I'm growing increasingly weary with all the "lack of" virtue I see on television. I'm constantly changing the channels, especially when my daughter blurts out, "Mommy, she's not very modest." Bless her sweet heart... I hope she has some virtue left by the time she reaches adulthood.

Oh, and politics will get you shot. It's really hard to walk that line these days. No wonder I spend most of my time in these four walls!

Love you, friend, and I'm glad you're back. You've been missed. How I wish we could have lunch at least once a week to fix the world's problems... our hearts as well!

Blessed Easter walk~elaine