What happened to Virtue ?

“Virtue is a necessary spring of democratic government.”
George Washington

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”
Benjamin Franklin

“A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.”
Jean Jacques Rousseau

“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous.”
Frederick Douglas

“It would be progress if everyone would stop talking about values. Instead, let us talk, as the Founders of Democracy did, about virtues.”
George Will


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  1. Tim June 16, 2016 @ 1:37 pm

    I was curious about the George Will quote differentiating between virtue and values and found some interesting links. Very helpful. I like this: “We cannot have a meaningful notion of “tolerance” “respect” or “dignity” based on an incoherent base of “values.” Yet that is our current state in Western education — and, sadly, all too often religious education, even Catholic education, is implicated in this slide into “values relativism.” http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/culture/catholic-contributions/values-and-virtues-a-modern-confusion.html

    It occurs to me that the attitudes of the Me Generation may have been a contributing factor to the disintegration of collective, shared or institutional structures “virtues” that led to the individual, relativistic “values” way of thinking.

  2. Anna Marie Perkins June 16, 2016 @ 8:25 pm

    Hello, I was given your website by a mutual friend, Dwight Wilson. I have friends in Romania and we got to talking about your work there. He thought you would enjoy my father’s book. I would like to send you a copy. He defected from Hungary in 1956, during the revolution. He was an Olympic athlete and offered asylum by both the US and Australia. Your ideals remind me very much if his. I would love to hear more about your work, possibility become involved. Where can I send the book? Please feel free to contact me. Ben, our Romania friend set up the website and keeps it going for us. He has worked several years on Mackinac Island with a student visa, where we met. He could not get his visa approved this year, he is also excited to hear of your work there. I very much look forward to learning more. Kindest Regards, Anna Marie

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