Virtue. A word that conjures up aspirations for an unattainable piety, the pursuit of the holy. Yet the value of justice, courage, discipline, and wisdom lies not only in the virtues themselves but in the sweat of our struggle towards them. The bone ache and muscle tears from our trek are soothed by the beauty of the view from the mountaintop.
Or is it a cliff?
For just as visceral, our vices may take the form of subtle secrets or flagrant props for our bodies and souls. The allure of darkness, of submission to self, and of acquiescence to the bend in moral fabric can leave us broken and blind and numb.
What causes us to forfeit our will power for the desires of our will and the weakness of our nature? Meet, confront, and understand the vices and virtues- the common threads of the fabric of our humanity.
Virtue or vice.