In order to survive in 1996, there need to be at least some standards and goals of morality in a person's life. Moral excellence is definitely hard to achieve, but is definitely something to attempt. Personally, there are many distractions and obstructions the present day provides, creating a difficulty of direction in my own life. I need to overcome obstacles such as peer pressure in order to become a confident, successful person. The present day provides impediments which I believe I can overcome by way of morality and virtue. Order, courage, patience and faith are all virtues necessary for personal achievement in my life.
The first virtue I have chosen is order. In agreement with Russell Kirk, I also believe that order is the path we follow or the pattern by which we live with purpose and meaning. Order is something that directs in our everyday lives, a working condition we cannot live without. Without order there is chaos and with chaos there is room for little virtue. Order is important because it provides life with stability and direction. As an example of a personal order, the school schedule which governs my academic studies is a type of order, setting specifics of where and when I should be. Order helps in my life if I am able and willing to create a schedule for each day, specifically stating when I should be doing what. If I can achieve order in my own life, worries and concerns will be eliminated by means of order that will easily become habit. Russell Kirk also states, "Order is the first need of the soul. It is not possible to love what one ought to love, unless we recognize some principles of order by which to govern ourselves."
Because of the needs of our soul, I again agree with Russell Kirk that religion, morality itself, and our everyday feelings are derivatives of order. Nothing can be achieved without some sort of order, but we must first recognize that the things we desire can be achieved only by gaining order. Order is truly the first need of human life.
Courage is the second virtue I have chosen. Courage is a virtue needed to conquer fear or despair. The virtue of courage is important because it can be applied in numerous situations. If people possess courage, they can be strong and stable in situations where they might feel uncomfortable. Since there are many things in life which are stressful and unfamiliar, such as apprehension of the first day on a job, first day at a new school or what you will find behind door number two, courage will allow you to overcome these suspicions and fears.
Personally, courage will help me become more confident in the activities in which I participate. I can feel better about myself and not be so timid, but at the same time, courage is not something which I can abuse. If courage is abused it can easily generate into conceit or egotism. Egotism can easily be obtained by overworking courage. Courage levels out to be the happy medium between bashfulness and conceit.
The third virtue I have chosen which will hopefully lead to self-improvement is patience. Patience is the tolerance and the ability to wait. Patience is necessary for life because throughout life there is waiting to be done. Because half of life is spent in waiting, there are few desirable alternatives to being patient. If people are not patient, they can easily become frustrated and stressed when they realize the length of time they may have to wait. Patience is a required trait and there are absolutely no shortcuts for waiting. Personally, patience can be applied to my life because there is suspense and waiting for the rest of my life and there is no alternative for even my own waiting. I must wait to become an adult at 18, I must wait to reach the legal drinking age, I must wait to finish high school and college and I must wait to marry the love of my life. It is not possible to age faster, finish college.