CORRECTION: Zealously advocating for Shared Virtue. (Q2.6)
The HIM preaches what he Practices
An advocate is a public champion of a particular cause or policy. Zealous advocacy is the voicing of full-throated support for that cause even in (especially in) the face of bitter opposition. Zeal requires passion, which is born both of a strong belief and a willingness to personally suffer for it for the benefit of others. A lawyer is ethically obligated to zealously advocate for his client’s rights and position. That means he must continue to do so even where it is personally detrimental. If he can’t do that, then he has to go find another job.
Correction is zealous advocacy for Shared Virtue, which are the standards of moral excellence that are Essential to the Group. These are the individual Habits and Ethics that cannot be compromised. A Group cannot prosper if its Members lack Shared Virtue. Without Correction, it will ultimately wither and die.
Some Virtues are universal, in that they apply to all Groups regardless of their type and Purpose. Honesty is a universal Virtue. The Ethic of honesty and Habit of truthfullnes is just as Advantageous to the Community of Huntersville, North Carolina as it is to the Organization of the FBI. Rampant dishonesty in either Group will lead it to dis-Advantage.
Some Virtues are not universal, in that they related specifically to a Group’s Mission or circumstance. Punctuality is a specific Virtue that is far more important to an infantry platoon than it is to a rock band. While neither Group can prosper without honesty, only the infantry platoon requires its Members to be consistently on time for it to accomplish its Mission.
A HIM’s positive Habits are what he develops through the Get Right. Together with his his Ethics, they reflect and reinforce the Shared Virtues of the Groups of which he is a Member. These are the Essentials, the general and specific Virtues that cannot be compromised without harming the Group. Because there must be unity in the Essentials, the HIM puts them into Practice in his daily life through his Guardrails. For those Essentials that are threatened by his Blind Spots, he seeks Accountability from his Shield Lock to keep him Right.
In this way, the HIM is a Practitioner of Shared Virtues. To Live Right he also must be a Corrector in that he is willing and able to preach what he Practices.
Correction requires Courage
Hypocrisy is the practice of claiming a particular moral Standard to which one’s behavior does not fully conform. Hypocrisy is universal, in that we all succumb to it to one degree or another. For the HIM it is just an Obstacle, a Problem that impedes his Movement which can and must be remedied. In his efforts to do so, the HIM is focused upon behavior conformance, on closing the gap between his Standards and his actions. He does this through the Practice of building better Guardrails and seeking Accountability.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
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