I like to think that I’m generally a pretty good person, but following a list of virtues can be a little rough. At the beginning of this experiment, I figured I would have a problem with at least a few of the virtues, and it went pretty much as I expected. One of the virtues I have a lot of trouble with is order. I can be a very messy person. I tend to just throw things down onto a pile to deal with later, and that pile grows very quickly. I did clean my room this weekend though, so there’s a little improvement. I also have trouble with industry. I’m usually very busy, so when I do have some free time I either sleep or just go on my phone. I have a bad habit of taking three hour naps when I can, and then I have to finish my homework at ten o’clock at night. If I ever have any free time I basically just waste it because I rationalize that I’m just relaxing in the little down time I have. I am also very bad with resolution. I procrastinate so much on everything. Then there are the virtues I’m alright with, but could still use some work, like tranquility. Usually I’m pretty calm, but sometimes I can get very worked up. Similarly, I do alright with moderation, but sometimes I can overreact a lot. I like to think that I do alright with justice, but I know that sometimes I can get a little critical of other people. Along the same lines, I try to be sincere, but I know I mess up sometimes. I try to do alright with humility and docility, and I do most of the time, but I can get a little full of myself other times. Although I had some problem virtues, I did very well with some other virtues. I did well following frugality, silence, cleanliness, and chastity. I absolutely hate being wasteful, I don’t really like talking, and I tend to be a little bit of a germaphobe. Loyalty is another virtue that is very important to me. I will do a lot for the people that I care about. If you’re wiling to stand by me, I’ll do the same. On the other hand, if you do something to hurt me or the people I care about, I won’t really ever trust you or think as highly of you ever again. Finally, I do pretty well with excellence because I worry too much about getting good grades to not do well with it in school. Out of school, I can struggle with this though because I am very lazy. Overall the experiment went pretty well. I know what virtues I have to work on a lot more, but to be honest I probably won’t really think too hard about it again.
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