||[Nov. 8th, 2005|12:19 am]
of all the virtues, i think i most admire those who sincerely exhibit the following: |
! fatalism (amor fati) - love of fate - an appreciative acceptance of one's experiences. to not only bear what is necessary, but to love it.
! "the feminine" - values carried out by women - perceptiveness, willingness to attend to intuition more than rationality, appreciation of appearances, and bodily gracefulness. modern feminists oppose association with these qualities, but these qualities are sincerely valued; they become even more valuable when the qualities of men are associated with conformity, clumsiness, insensitivity, and lack of grace.
! honesty - an overflowing of truth, or one's heartfelt opinions. one tells the truth not because it is an obligation, but because one has cultivated truth-telling, and honesty has become part of one's character. Telling the truth has little to do with the "greatest good for the greatest number." honesty deals more with an internal committment - "I will not deceive, not even myself."
! integrity - having integrity is not to be confused with any single virtue - for example, with being honest. One can be ruthlessly or manipulatively honest in a way that betrays one's integrity. Integrity is the unity of the virtues, it is what holds them together.
+ honorable mentions - aestheticism, courage, courtesy, depth, egoism, exuberance, friendship, generosity, justice, playfulness, pride, responsibility, solitude, strength, style, and temperance.
"Become who you are!"