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A virtue is a positive trait or quality deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness. The opposite of virtue is vice.
Originally posted by arpgme
If you believe that balance is a virtue, why should people stop evil? That means that life will change by itself and lead to good actions, then bad actions again, and the back to good actions. If balance is a virtue then heaven and hell are really bad places, right? If balance is a virtue, then people should try to be hateful and destructive 50% of the time and loving and supportive 50% of the time, right? Is The Creator evil too, if you believe that balance is a virtue? The Creator would have both.
Originally posted by JibbyJedi
reply to post by arpgme
Good and evil is a man made perception. Heaven and Hell are also man made concepts.
I wouldn't necessarily call balance a "virtue", I just think of it as a more peaceful existence.
Originally posted by MeesterB
It also doesn't make sense to apply virtues to heaven and hell.
3 theological virtues:Faith, hope, love.
But faith and hope aren't as complete as love since you won't need faith and hope in heaven.
And hell is the absence of good, so it's impossible to be in a state to be oriented on anything good. Therefore virtues don't apply.
Originally posted by LesMisanthrope
Also, wouldn't prolonged periods of being always in the middle, always balanced, always on a straight path promote mediocrity and blandness in things such as creativity and thinking? Extremes are necessary for growth.
I'm not really sure, there exists a middle. Middle would basically be nothingness (non-existent).