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1 Character The Picture of Dorian Gray “Character is what you do when no one is looking”

2 Character Moral: The word ‘morality’ is from the Latin mores: character. Character is one’s moral identity: the kind of person you have made yourself to be by the moral choices that you make. Note: Your choice of university is not a ‘moral choice’, your choice of toothpaste brand is not a ‘moral choice’. The choice to lie is a ‘moral choice’. Morality is not about choices that promise to bring about an external state of affairs most conducive to the quality of life one desires for oneself or others.

3 Rather, it is about the making of character. We determine our character, our moral identity, by the free choices that we make, and our very destiny (eternal life) is determined by the kind of persons we’ve made ourselves to be. Your character is more intimately yours than anything else you may have.

4 Character vs. Personality Character is not the same as personality. You can have a great personality, but depraved character, like serial killer Ted Bundy on the left. You can also have a grumpy, or bland personality, but saintly character. Much of our personality is determined, either inherited or environmental. But character is entirely ours. Ted Bundy- serial killer

5 Choice (the relationship between what I choose and what I am) doing & being Character I choose to lieI become a liar (even a nice liar with a great personality) I choose to stealI become a thief (even a nice thief) I choose to killI become a killer (even a nice killer) I choose to gossipI become a gossip (yes, even a nice gossip) Moral Choice

6 Man is an artist who sculpts his own moral identity, the kind of person he is or is becoming. By my own choice, I become either a good person, fully orientated towards “the good” (God, who is the Supreme Good), or an evil person, that is, a person deficient in my relationship to the entire spectrum of human goods.

7 Myers-Briggs Personality Test

8 Character Strengths


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