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Character is a personality pattern. A large number of traits and tendencies tend to occur together in a pattern that we call character. Lack of character is also a personality pattern. Again, a number of traits and tendencies tend to occur together in a pattern that we call lack of character. Why certain traits and tendencies tend to occur together and form patterns is an interesting question. One reason is probably that certain traits and tendencies tend to reinforce each other. Another reason is probably that certain traits and tendencies all have a common cause. There is some basic element in the person's makeup that is causing them. At any rate these patterns do occur and often very strongly and distinctly. What are the traits and tendencies that tend to occur together in the pattern that we call character? What are the traits and tendencies that tend to occur in the pattern that we call lack of character? Traits and tendencies often found in the personality pattern that we call character: integrity justness honesty fairness rectitude diligence sense of honor carefulness high moral standards prudence conscientiousness restraint trustworthiness tidiness sense of duty willingness to accept blame courage principled conduct intelligence foresight common sense perseverance self-discipline stick-to-itiveness self-control determination self-denial unselfishness self-reliance seriousness self-sacrifice caution thriftiness chastity Traits and tendencies often found in the personality pattern that we call lack of character: lack of integrity laziness dishonesty refusal to accept blame lack of scruples lack of seriousness lack of honor lack of morals deceitfulness lack of conscientiousness unreliability lack of perseverance untrustworthiness lack of self-discipline knavery lack of self-control impulsiveness cowardice selfishness spendthriftiness prodigality wastefulness unchastity Let us look over the list of traits and tendencies that appear as part of the pattern we call character and ask how they might relate to one another and if any are consequences of others. Many are closely related to a strong moral sense, a strong sense of right and wrong. Could a strong moral sense, a strong sense of right and wrong, be an underlying root in a person's character that gives rise to all of these traits? Living true to one's moral sense requires self-discipline and self-control. Perhaps this is the source of self-discipline and self-control in such people. Living true to one's moral sense also requires courage. Perhaps this is the source of courage in such people. Perhaps traits such as self-discipline and courage are habits acquired through hard effort and continual practice. And if a person doesn't have a moral sense perhaps it is because he didn't have the self-discipline or courage to live up to it and as a consequence lost it. What causes a strong moral sense? Perhaps we all start out with a healthy one in the beginning and some of us just lose it. Underlying a strong moral sense don't we find a love of Right, Justice and Goodness? And a dislike for Badness? And underlying a love of Right, Justice and Goodness don't we find a belief in God, reverence for God, a commitment to God and his divine law? Isn't it all religious at the bottom? May 1987 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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