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.
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.