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Q. Why do people act wrongly? Why do they do bad, wrong things? Why do they do things like lie, cheat, steal, commit adultery, wrong others, etc.? A. The natural inclinations of the flesh, temptation, etc.. Q. What causes some people to resist following the natural inclinations of the flesh, resist temptations, etc. and, instead of acting wrongly, act rightly in accordance with honor, integrity and principle? A. Natural inner sense, higher inner knowledge (conscience), understanding, wisdom, love of God, allegiance to God. Q. How are character traits acquired? What causes character traits? What causes character traits such as honesty, dishonesty, justness, courage, laziness, industriousness, temperance, kindness, humility, etc.? How are character traits created? For example, how does the character trait of honesty arise? The character trait of dishonesty? The character trait of laziness? A. By repeatedly doing that thing that the character trait represents. Repeated activity in a thing. An honest man develops the habit of honesty by repeatedly acting in an honest way. Similarly a dishonest man becomes dishonest by repeatedly acting in a dishonest way. An immoral man becomes immoral by repeatedly doing immoral things. A temperate man becomes temperate by repeatedly acting in a temperate way. A kind man becomes kind by repeatedly acting in a kind way. Character traits are habits. Habits are created by repeatedly engaging in an activity. What causes a person to act in a certain way? At bottom a person acts in a particular way because he believes in that way. An honest man acts honestly because he believes in honesty. A dishonest man acts dishonestly because he believes in dishonesty. A temperate man acts temperately because he believes in temperance. A frugal man acts frugally because he believes in frugality. A moral man acts morally because he believes in morality. A humble man acts humbly because he believes in humility. A kind man acts kindly because he believes in kindness. A polite man acts politely because he believes in politeness. A person given to self-indulgence acts as he does because he believes in self-indulgence. At bottom it is all a matter of belief -- what you believe in. It is a matter of philosophy and attitude. Nov 2005 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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