Our Core Virtues


“I will make wise, well thought-out decisions before acting.”

Prudence stems from ancient philosophical traditions, particularly from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and later elaborations by thinkers like Thomas Aquinas. Prudence emphasizes the importance of practical wisdom, moral discernment, and virtuous conduct in navigating the complexities of human life and making choices that contribute to individual flourishing and the common good.


“I will treat everyone with the fairness and respect they deserve.”

Justice is understood as a moral principle that involves giving each person their due or what they deserve. Justice emphasizes principles of fairness, rights, social utility, and the promotion of the common good. It is a foundational concept in moral and political philosophy, serving as a guiding principle for the organization of societies and the regulation of human conduct.


“I will exercise self-control in all of my actions.”

Temperance, also known as moderation, is the virtue that moderates and regulates the appetites and desires of the individual, particularly in relation to physical pleasures. Temperance emphasizes the importance of moderation, self-control, and balance in one’s desires and actions. It is seen as a fundamental virtue that contributes to individual well-being, moral character, and the flourishing of society as a whole.


“I will do the right thing, even when it is unpopular or difficult.”

Courage is understood as the strength of character to confront and overcome fear, adversity, or danger, grounded in a commitment to moral principles and the pursuit of noble ideals. Courageous acts may not always be premeditated or calculated but emerge spontaneously from a deep-seated commitment to facing challenges head-on, regardless of personal consequences. Thus, courage stands as a beacon of valor amidst uncertainty, embodying the unyielding spirit of resilience and fortitude in the pursuit of what is right and just.


 “I will do my duty and accept the consequences of my actions.”

Responsibility entails being accountable for one’s actions, fulfilling commitments with reliability and integrity, and stewarding resources and relationships with care and consideration. As a fundamental aspect of moral character and ethical conduct, responsibility underscores the importance of individual agency and communal interdependence in fostering personal growth, social cohesion, and the sustainable stewardship of resources for future generations.


“I will treat everyone with kindness.”

Rooted in empathy and solidarity, compassion motivates acts of kindness and altruism, reflecting a moral commitment to relieving suffering and fostering communal harmony. It embodies virtues such as mercy, generosity, and empathy, playing a crucial role in cultivating a more just and humane society where individuals recognize and respond to the needs of others with genuine care and concern.


“I will be persistent in my efforts despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.”

Perseverance is seen as the virtue of unwavering determination in the face of challenges or setbacks. It involves steadfastly pursuing goals or fulfilling duties despite difficulties, demonstrating resilience and fortitude. Perseverance, rooted in Stoic and Aristotelian traditions, is considered essential for personal growth and moral character, fostering self-discipline and the ability to endure hardships with resolve and dignity.

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