Why we should be virtuous The perspective of a 17-year old girl

The other day, as I was going through old school papers, I found an essay I had written when seventeen years old. I had forgotten about it and was surprised for two reasons:

For one, it was written in purist Greek. Growing up in Greece, we spoke the demotic language, which is still spoken today. I had forgotten however that the language we used in writing was extremely purist and much closer to the Koine than the verbal one.

Secondly, I had forgotten that much of my writing in school essays or journal entrances was dealing with mature and sophisticated topics, such as this one about virtue.

Here is a copy of this essay’s first page -more current than ever-

all Greek to you, I am sure:

moms doc

Read below my translation, uncensored of my current perspective, which will be posted next.

 

Why we should be virtuous

Man by nature has the propensity to be virtuous. Virtue itself elevates him to a benevolent being, with the potential to eventually connect with the divine.

Plython, the ancient Greek philosopher said:

“Virtue is a habit through which we become good, honest, decent, and kind.”

Virtuous is he who acts according to the innate moral law; he who acts under the command of a higher and powerful universal principle. According to Plython, a virtuous man is wise and just, pious, brave, sweet-tempered, open-handed, and honorable.

The virtuous man does not attach himself to riches. He is not governed by pleasures of the flesh either, as he sees himself more than just a body. He knows he is in, and with the, spirit. The goals and standards he sets, his aspirations, are not base and vile. They are noble and sublime…in harmony with the divine.

He who habitually lives a life of virtue is respected by society as a man of good standing and reputation. Perhaps, the world would have been ruined without virtuous and highly principled people. Today (that was fifty-one years ago) more than ever, virtue must revisit and grace our world.

Only God is holy and divine. While though man often sees himself only as logical, he has it in his power to be wise and watchfully proceed to his upward journey.

When it comes to his relationship with others,to live with justice

In the course of life’s tribulations and affliction, to operate with bravery and patience

During troubles built by his own free will, to live with moderation and discretion, to remain in hope and faith

Many are the blessings of virtue. A moral man is good not only for himself but for the world as well. Civilizations fully mature when good values are weaved in the fibers of humanity.

No man can thrive physically and spiritually unless he lives with virtue. He cannot have a healthy body and mind (soul) if he does not practice self-restraint from food, alcohol, and illicit pleasures, if not temperate, loving, courageous, generous, and connected to the divine through faith and hope.

On the contrary, man feels great spiritual relief when he lives his life according to innate moral laws, when he escapes the wicked and vile entanglements, when he steps away from the mud, lifts hiself upwards, and conforms to the divine laws.

Yes, such is the man our world desperately needs today!

Let’s all strive to live a life enhanced with values and virtue!

 

Please share in the comments something about your teenage ethical beliefs on life?

Looking forward to share with you my mature perspective on Virtue! I hope you will come back.

Blessings and Light this beautiful season!

Katina Vaselopulos

 

 

About the Author

Katina Vaselopulos

Originally from Greece, Katina Vaselopulos and her husband, have made their home in Chicago for the past 47 years. Their four children and nine grandchildren offer countless adventures. Katina also enjoys cooking and baking, teaching and learning, reading and writing. Her soon-to-be-published book, Sailing Toward Ithaca, takes the reader on a journey through one year of her life. She invites the readers along, to sail through life’s journey open to all possibilities and to nurture relationships with self, others, and God by striving for self-knowledge and inner growth. Other projects include What Is Cooking in Niles, a cookbook of Greek cuisine, and a thesis, “Dostoyevsky’s Major Novels: Polemics against Liberal Thought,” for which she received high honors at Northeastern University of Illinois.

Comments

  1. First, let me comment on the visual. While I can’t read Greek, your script has a beauty and grace about it. Second, I’m amazed at the mind of a seventeen year old lady who possesses such wisdom at a young age. Unfortunately, growing up in America during the 1960s, many were self-centered and self-gratifying (not that we weren’t taught better).

    This is very admirable. Thank you for sharing these early thoughts for our benefit.

    • O Shelley, thank you for coming over and for your sweet words. They mean a lot to me. I am glad you enjoyed both the image and the sentiment. Grateful for inspiring me!

      I was surprized when I found this old essay, and only then did I remember writing it for an Ethics class.

      Let’s see if after reading my next post, you’ll think the same about me :)

      Blessings my friend!

  2. Wow, you were a really wise 17 year old girl! And learned, and a good writer as well. I must admit I was a silly teenage girl who didn’t think very deeply about much at all, but God has been so good to enlighten my mind and conscience through the years.

    • Thank you Katleen for visiting and for your enthusiasm about this old essay!

      I don’t think I was so wise back then…just a good student.

      What you said about God enlightening you…that is what happens.

      True wisdom comes with age, as we allow life and others to teach us and as we tune in to our hearts, where we can tap on the wisdon God has endowed us with.

      Praying we’ll continue being blessed and grow with wisdom for the remaining of our journeys!

  3. I am amazed that such a young girl could pen such deep and beautiful thoughts. How much girls could learn if they knew these thoughts would lead to a richer life than what culture offers as the norm today. I delighted in seeing the greek language as well, fascinating

    • Christa, you are so sweet! I never thought that this post would create such impression! Thank you for visiting and for sharing your thought.

      Isn’t amazing how moral laws and ethics are the same in all cultures, at all times… their value being eternal? Ancient Greek philosophers had caught the meaning and the importance of moralily, and spend their lives studying it and formulating their ideas.

      Your observation about young people being richer just by knowing simple things about ethics, is absolutely right. And of course those people today who have been touched by Jesus become empowered and wise because of His words and actions. But even in BC, there where those who prepared the world in accepting and loving Him. Great teachers have been sent in accordance to the needs of the time.

      I am glad you “delighted” in the pic of the Greek essay! It’s because, deep down, we are all Hellenes!

      Blessings my sweet friend! A blessing indeed, “to have our lives intersect!”

  4. John Kyriazoglou

    Very well said, Katina.
    John Kyriazoglou

    • Thank you John for coming over, all the way from Greece!
      Approval coming from you means a lot because you are the expert on Ancient Greek Wisdom!

      Blessings, friend!

  5. Laura Mc Coy

    Beautiful!

  6. It’s interesting reading what we’ve written in the past. In reading my past work, I’m sometimes impressed and other times, dismayed. Thanks for sharing your past work.

    • Thank you Peter for visiting!
      Interesting indeed, looking back through a small window with foggy panes! To tell you the truth, I was impressed by this essay, probably a test in an Ethics class. When however, I read entrances from a journal in which the whole class wrote, then forget it. Dismay, is not strong enough for the way I feel. :)

      Peace and light this beautiful season!

  7. Katina – what a treasure to still have that essay! And yes, you were very wise at 17~and a writer! Blessings!

    • Thanks Joan for coming over!
      That’s one of the few things I have from back then. When I read it agin, I found it very mature for a teenager. Just as I was getting full of myself, though, I realized that I was not wise…just a good student! It must had been an impromptu essay for an Ethics class.

      Blessings back, my friend!

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