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"Character is that which can do without success." [Jun. 7th, 2006|12:12 am]
Supreme Master Chief Road WarriorPoet Taffin, M.D.
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"Character is that which can do without success." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I read this quote and asked myself if that meant I had character or lacked it. I've often said that I need to see some results, experience some success in any given venture to keep going. The term "instant gratification" comes up, but I find it kind of offensive, preferring to call myself "results-based."

I guess you could say I have some character because I have in some small way endured. I haven't completely given up (as much as I'd like to) and I'm not dead. Maybe life is doling out just enough success to keep me invested.

I think I've talked myself out of liking this quote. It almost equates character with irrational faith, something I don't care for in any form.
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[User Picture]From: boucinoffdawall
2006-06-07 10:22 am (UTC)
I don't think it's quite irrational faith... Think of it as more deontological, that is, the means are more important than the ends; vs. utilitarian which is that which results in the greatest good for the greatest number of people. however, sometimes you can't predict the results, which makes decision-making difficult. If you rely more on choosing the right method NOT based on the predicted result, you're more sure of doing the right thing, regardless.

RWE is merely taking a slightly Kantian view on ethics.

If you find yourself "results-based" you may want to examine to what means you are willing to go for to achieve the desired result. Are you willing to kill for it? Are you willing to die for it? Deontological ethics carry a certain sense of duty (or what you call irrational faith) to them. It's all in which perspective you wish you include in your view.
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