What is Virtue?
Virtus (Latin: virtus) is a word for good morals. It is important to have virtues because they are morally good traits or qualities that help people be good moral people. Doing what is right and not doing what is wrong is a way to show that you have high moral standards. It’s not good to be good. There are also examples of this in Asian traditions, like the idea of merit and the Chinese word De (). Those who lived in the ancient Greco-Roman world had four main virtues: temperance, prudence, courage (or fortitude), and justice. From 1 Corinthians 13, Christianity gets the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and love (charity) for these virtues. These are the seven virtues. It is possible to think of the four brahmavihara (Divine States) in Buddhism as virtues in the European sense.