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Handout C: Identifying and Defining Civic Virtues

Handout C: Identifying and Defining Civic Virtues

Directions: Write down the virtues assigned to your group. For each, identify a person or character in history, literature, or current events who exemplified that virtue. Include an explanation.

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Contribution: Discover your passions and talents, and use them to create what is beautiful and needed. Work hard to take care of yourself and those who depend on you.

Courage: Stand firm in being a person of character and doing what is right, especially when it is unpopular or puts you at risk.

Humility: Remember that your ignorance is far greater than your knowledge. Give praise to those who earn it.

Integrity: Tell the truth, expose untruths, and keep your promises.

Justice: Stand for equally applied rules and make sure everyone obeys them.

Perseverance: Remember how many before you chose the easy path rather than the right one, and stay the course.

Respect: Protect your mind and body as precious things. Extend that protection to every other person you encounter.

Responsibility: Strive to know and do what is best, not what is most popular. Be trustworthy for making decisions in the best long-term interests of the people and tasks of which they are in charge.

Self-Governance: Be self-controlled, avoiding extremes and not being influenced or controlled by others.