The Four Stoic Virtues
Wisdom is simply the ability to see things for what they are, instead of what we want them to be. It’s the ability to put aside our own biases, values and beliefs to look at something objectively.
Temperance can also be called moderation. It relates to self restraint, self discipline and self control. It is our ability to choose long term well-being over short term satisfaction. It is the opposite of gluttony, greed, instant gratification, addictive behavior, laziness, and procrastination.
Temperance helps us detach our well-being from extremes like a dependence on material goods, drink, drugs, social media, video games etc.
Courage is the opposing force of cowardice. Courage is not the elimination or fear, desire or anxiety, it is acting despite our fear, desire and anxieties.
Justice is our duty to our fellow man, and to our society. It’s intention underlying our actions, specifically in relation to our community and the people within it.Are we kind, courteous, understanding, respectful, fair, and generous? Do we provide support when people need it? Do we give back to our community, or do we just take?