More on Virtues


Yesterday I wrote about a list of virtues given by a Dutch magazine attributed to the Dutch.


That led to a lot of thinking and also some discussions. And late at night the thinking suddenly switched. From talking about what virtues are Dutch to what virtues you think are important and useful to create a nice/happy/beautiful society.
More thinking and discussing followed.


Here’s a list of possible virtues (never complete, references used: 1 2 3):
Acceptance, Actual, Altruism, Bravery, Cardinal, Caring, Caution, Charity, Chastity, Civic spirit, Cleanliness, Commercial Spirit, Compassion, Confidence, Consideration, Contentment, Cooperation, Courage, Courtesy, Creativity, Curiosity, Defiance, Determination, Develop one’s talents, Devotion, Devout, Dignity, Diligence, Discipline, Discretion, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Fairness, Faith, Feeling of guilt, Fidelity, Flexibility, Focus, Forgiveness, Fortitude, Freedom, Friendliness, Frugality, Generosity, Gentleness, Grace, Gratitude, Helpfulness, Honesty, Honor, Hope, Hopefulness, Hospitality, Humbleness, Humility, Humor, Idealism, Impartiality, Independence, Industriousness, Innocence, Integrity, Joyfulness, Judicious, Justice, Kindness, Love, Loyal, Majesty, Moderation, Obedience, Openness, Orderliness, Pacifism, Patience, Patriotism, Peacefulness, Perseverance, Prudence, Purposefulness, Querulous, Reliability, Resilience, Resolution, Respect, Responsibility, Reverence, Risk avoiding, Sacraments, Sanctifying, Self control, Self-reliance, Sensitivity, Service, Silence, Simplicity, Sincerity, Soberness, Sobriety, Solidarity, Spontaneity, Steadfastness, Stewardship, Strength, Tact, Temperance, Thankfulness, Theological, Tolerance, Toughness, Tranquility, Trust, Trustworthiness, Truth, Ulititarian, Understanding, Unity, Veracity, Wisdom, Worldly/ Secular, Xenophilia, Zeal


So what do I think are the best Virtues for making a good world. (I tried to bring my list down to 10. Didn’t succeed):



  1. Cooperation

  2. Creativity

  3. Forgiveness

  4. Honesty

  5. Humor

  6. Idealism

  7. Impartiality

  8. Pacifism

  9. Responsibility

  10. Soberness

  11. Solidarity

  12. Stewardship

  13. Tranquility

  14. Trust

Some that I would like to see as well, but consider of a lesser order:



  1. Consideration

  2. Courtesy

  3. Curiosity

  4. Dignity

  5. Flexibility

  6. Humbleness

  7. Love

  8. Patience

  9. Perseverance

  10. Reliability

  11. Respect

  12. Secular

(Yes, that makes 26, the number used yesterday as well!)


So what do you think?


And how would other countries see themselves and like to see themselves?