Two men face the same temptation and both have equal need.
June 22, 2007 3:36am CST
Two poor men, who are badly in debt, both are faced with the situation where they could steal with no fear of getting caught, what for them would be a sizeable amount of money, enough to pay off their debts. The first man because of his upbringing or disposition is not not inclined to even consider stealing it. The second lacks this disposition and has to struggle to resist the temptation. Which is the more virtuous? all the best urban
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24 Jun 07
The first man has reached a higher level of virtuosity to the second man, before the point where they are both badly in debt and faced with a situation where they can commit a "wrong" with no fear of detection to get money. The first man has had an upbringing in which the moral difference between right and wrong was drilled into him - he had to struggle when he was younger to absorb the lessons his parents taught him. Now, the fruits of the struggle are being reaped. The second man, despite being given little direction by his parents when he was a child is having to debate the dilemma internally with himself, and he still decides, after much internal struggle not to steal the money. He is learning the same lesson, only later and what is more he has taught it to himself. Therefor he has reached a level of virtuosity equal to, possibly higher than, the first man.
23 Jun 07
So, you don't think that because it is easy for the first man that somehow means it is less virtuous; that virtue somehow involves struggle? But the temptation and need are the same for both. You are right in the sense that the first person is accostumed to avoid such temptations by virtue of his already rightous attitude, whereas the secaond one has to undergo type of mental torture before taking such a rightous decission not to steal. He has to struggle lot with his evil conscience. In that sense his stand is more virtuous.