Monday, August 15, 2011
Monday Musing: Vice or Virtue -- Which way do you lean?
We may love people for their virtues, but I think we like them for their vices.
(Hmm. Or maybe that's just me...)
See, I think there's a spectrum:
On the Virtue-Vice spectrum, most people gravitate toward the middle. And thank goodness (or badness!) for that.
The Ones are too saintly...
We may admire them, but it's uncomfortable to be around them for any length of time. Hard not to compare yourself to them, and you're likely to wind up feeling bad about yourself if you do. And, come on, who likes that?
The Nines are just plain scary...
Vice that strong has gone beyond the pale. If you don't fear for yourself, you fear for them and what they are doing to themselves. Again, who wants to be around that?
Twos and Eights are pushing the edge of the envelope...
Tolerable. Twos can be inspirational, and Eights can be exciting to be around. But you probably wouldn't want to live with either of them.
Threes and Sevens...
Well, depending on where you are on the scale, they could provide a nice balance. A Three could keep a Seven on the (relatively) straight and narrow, and a Seven could keep a Three from sinking into the depths of dullness.
Fours, Fives, and Sixes...
The regular, not-too-nice, not-too-nasty types. Your average Joes. Most people are Fours, Fives, and Sixes, I think.
To help put it in perspective, an Eight is who you wanted to date in high school. And a Three is who you want your kid to date. (Maybe a Two.)
My favorite vice? Gee, it's kind of tough to narrow it down. Let's see ... I do like to ogle cute guys -- unobtrusively, and from a respectful distance -- but that's more art appreciation than a real vice. (What? I happen to think our Creator is great artist. It would be rude to ignore His *cough* body of work.)
I guess I could just go with the classics in overindulgence: chocolate and intoxicating beverages. But honestly, I'm probably barely a Four or a Five in those, as much fun as it is for me to spin it over to the wilder side.
Might have to go with Smart-Assery. I'm at least an Eight and a half there, and I do tend to appreciate it in others.
My favorite virtue is Kindness. Not the smarmy, oh-aren't-I-a-saint type. The real, Golden-Rule type. Because I've been the recipient of it, so I know how important it can be in someone's life.
Do you have a favorite vice? Or virtue?
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