Can you name them? Can you name the primary virtue that is one’s personal resolve of the mind and heart to maintain discipline over one’s physical (and sexual) body? The same virtue couples natural desires with what (another virtue)? What is required to maintain this virtue (three points)? What is the primary and opposing vice to the primary virtue? This primary vice couples natural desires with what other vice?
Please do not plug these questions into your handy dandy internet browsers because, yes, the answers will likely pop right up. These are not trick questions. But if there is a very general inability to get the answers right from among this population of readers, it is highly likely that others will not know the answers either. And if people in general are not acquainted with these virtues and their opposing vices, it helps to explain why society seems to be going in nay wrong directions. When we should know but don’t know these things, then we can’t teach them or give witness to them to those are less likely to understand and/or embrace them. The opposing vices in question explain why hurt people really are hurting many other people - of all ages.
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