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It Takes All 44 Virtues

Posted by Stephen Crilly on May 21, 2011 at 12:29 PM

If you look over the list of 44 Virtues, you will find that it takes almost all the Virtues, to one degree or another, to achieve enlightened wealth. The same is true for achieving Wisdom and Love. For maintaining good Health, it helps to have financial security (enlightened wealth) and good judgment (Wisdom). A reasonable conclusion is that practicing all 44 Virtues is necessary to achieve the life goals of Health, enlightened wealth, Wisdom and true happiness (Love). (Virtues capitalized.)

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4 Comments

Reply dejinah
7:00 PM on June 16, 2011 
Very insightful. Thanks for your viewpoint!
Reply Jim Downs
2:49 PM on December 27, 2012 
Recently a friend stated the very same idea you just stated in your comment above. The thing I would add is that any Positive Quality at any moment in time is the linear way we accomplish the collective accumulation of a group of qualities (values, virtues). At any point in time we can consciously use any quality as a gateway to all of them.

Congratulations on you new book. The cover looks great.

Jim
Reply Stephen Crilly
3:52 PM on December 27, 2012 
Jim, That's quite a deep thought you have there. I believe it ties into the interrelatedness of the virtues as discussed in Chapter 6 - The Law of Virtue Balance. If you want to elaborate on the issue of linear and collective for us, please do so. Also, I know you have done a lot of work on positive qualities over the years. Please feel free to post your website, the link to your book, or anything else you think might be of interest to the group. The more working in the direction of awakening greater virtue consciousness, the better. As I was developing the list of 44, I looked over your chart of 1,000 Positive Qualities to get a general sense that they could be linked to one or more of the 44. There are various lists on the Internet, but your arrangement is the most elaborate I have seen.
Reply Jim Downs
12:07 PM on January 3, 2013 
Stephen Crilly writes: "The Virtues of Friendliness, Confidence and Enthusiasm, like all Virtues, can be cultivated, particularly with the help of others." Page 69

I could not agree with this more. A conscious cultivation is the most efficient way to grow virtues. They can become part of a person simply by living them, that is, experiencing them. But to seek them out on purpose is the best way. If people were to take these ideas of yours ? and many others propose ? to heart, things would change for the better. Of course it is a game of numbers. There are seven billion of us. If everyone were to focus on the positive (in any form) the planet would be transformed overnight. If one million were to ?see the light,? it would be a movement and would catch on for many more. But even a few wording for the best for themselves, their family, friends, and planet will make a difference.

Stephen Crilly reminds us:
?Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.? ― Margaret Mead.