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Character-Building

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Character-Building Foundation of Man
The seat of character is the human will. As the will grows in its capacity to master and manage self, character is strengthened. If the will fails, character is weakened. Six elements that help bring about high levels of good behavior, self-discipline and strong will in humans. These are beneficial natural surroundings, a wholesome human environment, family solidarity, firm parental authority, warm parental affection, and genuine parental delight. The same elements that interplay with one another are the character building foundations that man builds upon in his moves toward human perfection. When it comes to character building, the surroundings are the occasions, the family as the foremost channel, and the parents as the primary co-agents. In the early years up to maturity, parents play a predominant, but gradually, decreasing role in character building. As the man passes through adolescence onto adulthood, he becomes the architect and engineer of his own character formation, and other factors take on more subdued roles. How to Develop Character Building Excellence

Character works on humans’ talents, temperament, and the environment to produce personality, which is the sum total of what one is, what one has, and what one does with what one has. On the other hand, personality is a function of endowment, environment, and character. Poor endowment and environment can be compensated for by good behavior to produce solid, wholesome personalities. Poor character, however, leads to weak and disjointed personalities no matter how rich endowment and environment may be. Character may be strong or weak, rich or poor, depending upon how the will is educated and formed. Character education is the formation of the will in virtues. A strong and rich character is, generally, formed in a closely-knit-home. The inculcated thoughts and deeds, after a certain time, become fine then they appear and bear results. These results condition and...