CheckPoint: Moral Character Viewpoints
The connection between habit and moral character
In defining the connection between habit and moral character my group’s views were very similar. Most described certain habits such as nail biting or smoking as being a habit but one that does not define someone as having bad moral character. Someone who is a habitual liar, steals or intentionally harms other people as a habit would be defined as someone who has bad moral character. However the question was “what is the connection between habit and moral character”, it did not say “bad moral character” which we all just assumed. A person could be one who always volunteers to help others or someone who consistently picks up trash off the ground even if they did not put it there or someone who always stops to give a couple of dollars to someone in need on the street. This person would be defined as having a good moral character, someone who is caring or compassionate. I believe all things that we do from the most miniscule habit defines us morally. Some good, some bad, and some habits that are just horrific.
Habit (psychology), an acquired pattern of behavior that often occurs automatically.
Moral character or character is an evaluation of a particular individual's durable moral qualities. The concept of character can imply a variety of attributes including the existence or lack of virtues such as integrity, courage, fortitude, honesty, and loyalty, or of good behaviors or habits.
“IMMORAL, adj. Inexpedient. Whatever in the long run and with regard to the greater number of instances men find to be generally inexpedient comes to be considered wrong, wicked, immoral. If man's notions of right and wrong have any other basis than this of expediency; if they originated, or could have originated, in any other way; if actions have in themselves a moral character apart from, and nowise dependent on, their consequences --then all philosophy is a lie and reason...