by Linda C. Redman

The Virtues Project has identified 52 essential virtues to guide humanity towards peaceful cultures. Later they expanded their list to include 100 virtues. Here are the first 52:

– Assertiveness
– Caring
– Cleanliness
– Commitment
– Compassion
– Confidence
– Consideration
– Cooperation
– Courage
– Courtesy
– Creativity
– Detachment
– Determination
– Diligence
– Enthusiasm
– Excellence
– Flexibility
– Forgiveness
– Friendliness
– Generosity
– Gentleness
– Helpfulness
– Honesty
– Honor
– Humility
– Idealism
– Integrity
– Joyfulness
– Justice
– Kindness
– Love
– Loyalty
– Moderation
– Modesty
– Orderliness
– Patience
– Peacefulness
– Perseverance
– Purposefulness
– Reliability
– Respect
– Responsibility
– Self-discipline
– Service
– Tact
– Thankfulness
– Tolerance
– Trust
– Trustworthiness
– Truthfulness
– Understanding
– Unity
A few of the extras from their list of 100 were things like:
– Awe
– Beauty
– Grace
– Optimism
– Simplicity
– Wonder
A few extra one’s I’ve come up with are:
– Boldness
– Encouragement
– Listening
– Meditation
– Quietude
– Self-awareness
– Truth-searching
– Discernment
– Proactivity
– Reason
– Enlightenment / Alignment with Source

I highly recommend getting some or all of the products offered by The Virtues Project. They have wallet-sized cards, 3″ x 5″ cards with more information, illustrations and quotes, the book Family Guide to Virtues, and The Virtues Project, Educator’s Guide. The last item has many activities suitable for public classrooms. The pack of 100 3″ x 5″ cards and wallet-sized cards are also suitable for public classrooms. Many of the other materials include quotes from the different world religions.

New Zealand has incorporated the teaching of virtues into the public education there and they have reworked some nursery rhyme songs to have supportive lyrics. “Virtues in Me” is the name of the CD and activity book they’ve come up with. Jennifer Russell has a set of 3 CDs with excellent virtues songs for children–a great tool for parents–and really even good for all ages!

The virtues are basically the bricks in the path of peace. The Virtues Project leaders encourage us to refer to the positive attribute — even if it is what we want, and do not feel we have completely strengthened a certain attribute yet. The idea is that we all have the virtues within to some degree and we only need to shine our inner jewels.

It is a great suggestion for promotion of peace that as we go about our day, we look for and openly affirm, even small rays of desired jewel virtues within ourselves and others. It is a great promotion of peace if when we take the time to notice, affirm and appreciate the brilliant ones in ourselves and others as well!

If someone is especially choosing to be far from the path of peace, we can still call them to the specific virtues they are especially straying from. We can ask if they are aware they are choosing to be off the path of peace — the path towards peace, unity and harmony.

I think everyone has some virtues that they are naturally stronger in than others — it is like we are all pieces from the same puzzle; everyone fills a niche, contributes special colors to the whole. With one piece missing it is REALLY noticeable!

If someone is choosing to be less than noble, it is possible that person is a bit depressed. This is where the virtue of encouragement is useful. The Soka Gakkai (Value Creation) Buddhists are very helpful for ideas and tools and stories to develop a more optimistic and determined attitude. It is also possible if someone is feeling low that they are low in vitamin D3 — many of us in the Northwest US may need as much as 5000 IUs, we are learning. (Lanolin is the natural variety of D3).

One more thing that most people do not know about is that HD TVs can completely deplete the frequency of D, which correlates with vitamin D from people’s bodies!