Cases on Virtues

Case in point 1: Dreaming To Be
Michael often catches himself imagining that day when his name would be posted in the school in recognition of his outstanding achievement in science. He could see himself and his family beaming with delight over such an achievement. His dreams would even go as far as seeing himself making a significant impact to the lives of the poor by finding alternative, low cost medicine to those sold in big drugstores. His dreams make him feel good and happy about himself.

What could be the attitude that Michael needs to be able to steadily pursue his dream of becoming a good scientist?

Case in point 2: How do we resist the commodification of all life?
Our “market mentality” pursued within proper balance is good. More jobs and services would be created. People would be opened to a wide array of choices of goods because of our “market mentality.” However, taken out of balance, with this mentality we could easily put a price tag to everything that we do. We could even begin to view our relationships based upon the benefit they bring us.

What virtue to we need to cultivate in order resist the commodification of all life?

Case in point 3: Is being a good person not enough to get you to heaven?
The Rich Young Man believed in the potential goodness of man. True enough he has managed to be good by his own effort. He claimed that he has performed well enough to meet the requirements of the law. That’s why when Jesus, in answer to his question, instructed him to keep the commandments, the Rich Young Man asked: “Which ones?” Jesus gently tried to show the error of his ways by pointing out the commandments that deal with one’s relationship with others. The response of the Rich Young man was expected: “I have kept all those. What more? What else?” Then Jesus challenged the young man’s resolve by saying: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.” As the story unfolded, the Rich Young Man went away sad. Whatever happened to young man’s enthusiasm, eagerness? Where did he go wrong? The Rich Young Man had great wealth, which is the source of his confidence. These were dangerous because they supported his self-sufficiency. He believed that by his own effort, he can do just about everything else; he believed that he was good in his own terms and that was enough.

What virtue could have supported him in his quest for the good life/happiness?


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