Is temperance the most important virtue?

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Fairwinds
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Is temperance the most important virtue?

Post by Fairwinds » October 12th, 2017, 3:31 am

The seven virtues are recognised as faith, hope, charity, fortitude,justice, prudence, and temperance. Is it time to recognise temperance as the most important, given that over consumption on the planet is rife? Or are they all equally important? Are the virtues a man made concept that have no importance in the way we live our lives?

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Re: Is temperance the most important virtue?

Post by Steve3007 » October 12th, 2017, 6:36 am

I think they're clearly a man-made concept but that doesn't mean they have no importance in the way we live our lives.

I tend to associate temperance with abstinence from alcohol. Perhaps not a bad virtue in itself given the harm that it does. Although, as Homer Simpson once said: "Alcohol! The cause of and solution to all of life's problems!". It does have its plus side.

But if we use a more general definition of temperance then, yes, it's certainly not a bad one. Moderation and restraint. What's not to like?
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Re: Is temperance the most important virtue?

Post by Fairwinds » October 12th, 2017, 7:18 am

Temperance, i.e.restraint, must be a contributing factor if we are seeking to control the runaway trashing of the planet. What is more important perhaps is the inbuilt sense of right and wrong that we are born with and which is often ignored by hedonistic and over exuberant humans!

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