The Road to Character

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By Tom Holmes

Contributing Reporter / Religion Blogger

Following are quotes from the introduction.

Xi resume virtues and eulogy virtues

Xi most of us have clearer strategies for ho to achieve career success than we do for how to develop a profound character

Xii Adam I wants to conquer the world, Adam II wants to obey a calling to serve the world

Xii we live in the contradiction between these two Adams

Xii we. . .must master the art of living forever within the tension between these two natures

Xii moral logic  Success leads to the greatest failure, which is pride.  Failure leads to the greatest success, which is humility and learning.

Xiv it is easy to slip into a self-satisfied moral mediocrity.

Xiv you approve of yourself so long as you are not obviously hurting anyone else.  You figure that if the people around you seem to like you, you must be good enough.

Xiv an older moral ecology

Xv we can shoot for something higher than happiness

Xv the message is the person

Xvi people who possess an impressive inner cohesion.  They possess the self-effacing virtues of people who are inclined to be useful but don't need to prove anything to the world: humility, restraint, reticence, temperance, respect, and soft self-discipline.

Xvi  they just seem delighted by the flawed people around them. 

Xvii they have not led lives of conflict-free tranquility, but have struggled toward maturity. 

X vii the climb to success has surrendered

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