23. Character

“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.”
Anne Frank

As touched on previously, by character, we mean the moral or ethical qualities which a person holds and consistently manifests. Therefore, when we talk of character, we inevitably talk of good character modifying the word only in the negative when we talk of bad or a lack of character. We mentioned specifically in that section qualities such as honesty and adherence to duty. However, it is not always easy, to be honest, or to do what your duty compels you to. The proof of this is abundant around us. From us pitifully vowing the same resolutions year after year to leaders in politics or religion being caught doing the very acts that they condemn in others. As our Code requires of us steadfast adherence to our duties to our families and communities, and as the Purpose of these duties is nothing other than our families’ survival, we cannot afford to simply shrug and say, ‘next time’ when we are faced with a hard choice. Therefore, it is vital that we understand the building blocks of good character and methods by which we can practice and refine ourselves so that we may face any crisis that confronts us with confidence and equanimity.

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