What if Character Went Viral? – Part 1   4 comments

What If Characterr Went ViralI entitled this whole series as “What if character went viral?” because I think character is a lost principle in our era.

I daresay most of us don’t know what character even means. When I googled it, I got a lot of articles about how to write great characters for a novel. While fiction does imitate life, life should probably not imitate fiction. Sadly, that is no longer true.

What is character? It is a pattern of behavior, thoughts and feelings based on universal principles, moral strength, and integrity combined with the courage and fortitude to live by those principles every day … even when it is inconvenient, unpopular or even illegal. Character is evidenced by your life’s virtues and the “line you never cross.” Character is the most valuable thing you hold and nobody can ever take it away, although you can trade it away for temporary popularity or convenience

Character is essential both for individual success and for our society to function successfully. Each individual must do his or her part every day by living a life of integrity. Integrity is adhering to a moral code of honesty, courage, strength and truthfulness – being true to your word and values. When you don’t exhibit integrity, other people get hurt, but you actually hurt yourself even more.

When you cheat, any “success” gained by that cheat is false. Breaking a promise shows that your word is meaningless. Lying deceives others. These are just some examples that will destroy your reputation because they represent the broken trust others have put in you. Without your good reputation and trustworthiness, your relationships fail.

Damaged relationships undermine your life. When you destroy the relationships with your friends, you will have no friends. You will be isolated and alone. If a student cheats, she is taking unfair advantage to put herself ahead of others without deserving it. This is why, if caught, such a student often faces broad consequences to her academic record and her job prospects forever.

When a businessman makes a promise to customers and doesn’t deliver, he destroys his relationships with his customers, who will go elsewhere … resulting in failure of the business.

My father-in-law is a highly attractive man who managed TWICE to build a multi-million-dollar electrical contracting business. By the world’s estimation, he was a success (TWICE). But he was also crap husband (three times) who neglected his children, cheated his business partners and failed to fulfill his contract obligations. He’s now old, more or less broke, alone, and his children are not all that attentive to his needs. So was he really a success? He doesn’t feel like one these days.

Breaking your relationships breaks the foundation for success in your life. How do you define success? Well, as I showed with my father-in-law, that defintion really matters. If we define success in school as having higher grades that everyone else, cheating becomes just a means to an end. If we define success as beating the competition at all costs, then lying to our business partners or cheating our customers seems like a good idea. If we define a successful marriage as a fantastic sex life that scratches all of our itches, we’re likely to go from one spouse to another as the excitement fades. If we define successful parenting as our children being just like us …. My father-in-law is dealing with the fact that the only child who regularly contacts him of his own free will is the son who is the least like him – Brad, my husband, who lives in Alaska and has chosen to make far less than his skills can earn to spend time with his kids.

Your good character is the most important asset you have. It’s a lifetime in the making, but you can destroy it in a minute and it is nearly impossible to regain. It’s more than just your reputation. In fact, what other people think of you is the least important part of character if you are a Christian. Your true character is revealed when no one else is looking or when everyone else is insisting that a questionable path is the true one. Character does not waver in the societal winds.

More on that in future posts.

Posted May 26, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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