Know Your A,B,C’s – Virtues and Vices

We use language in part to enable reasonable persons to distinguish acts that harm from those that enhance human welfare and the well-being of other sentient creatures. In Ethics class try this exercise regarding virtues and vices.

In your small groups, using the alphabet, think of a virtue that begins with each of the letters of the alphabet; secondly, using the alphabet, think of a vice for each letter of the alphabet. Do not use any technology, such as a smart phone  unless outside help is needed. When the groups have finished, have each group share their vices and virtues.

Here are some possibilities —-

Virtues – A through Z

Altruistic, benevolent, charitable, compassion, condolence, considerate, courteous, devotion, empathy, fair, faithful, forgiveness, friendly, generous, gentle, gracious, honesty, honorable, humanitarian, integrity, justice, kind, loyal, mercy, moral, noble, obliging, open-minded, pardon, polite, qualm, reciprocity, remorse, respect, selfless, sympathy, tactful, tender, thoughtful, tolerance, trustworthy, unbiased, understanding, unselfish, upright, veracity, virtuous, warm-hearted, xenia, yeoman, zany



Vices – A through Z

Acquisitive, avaricious, base, beguile, bellicose, belligerent, betray, bias, bigot, brutal, bully, callous, chauvinistic, cheat, chicanery, covetous, crafty, cruel, cunning, deceive, defraud, delude, discourteous, dishonest, disingenuous, disloyal, disrespectful, deceitful, domineering, dupe, duplicitous, egocentricity, egotism, ethnocentricity, false friend, fanatic, favoritism, fraud, grasping, greedy, grudge, hateful, heartless, hypocritical, ignoble, ill-mannered, impatience, inhuman, impatience, inhuman, inconsiderate, insincere, insensitive, intimidate, intolerance, lying, malice, malevolence, mean, menace, merciless, murder, narrow-minded, oppress, pettiness, pitiless, prejudice, pugnacious, quarrelsome, racism, rancor, rape, rationalize, rude, ruthless, self-aggrandizement, self-centered, self-conceit, self-deception, self-indulgence, self-opinionated, selfish, sexism, slavery, sly, small-mindedness, social contradiction, sociocentricity, spite, spiteful, swindle, terrorize, thoughtless, torture, trickery, tyrannize, uncivil, unfair, unkind, untruth, vested interest, vengeful, vindictive, violence, violent, wily, x-rated, yammer, zealot.




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