Virtues and the Un-Self-Conscious

Think of all that is virtuous. Being courageous or having humility, for example, are acts that are quite ironically un-self-conscious. 

We can’t really say to ourselves, “I know one thing’s for certain and that’s that I am as humble as they come!” Correction. We can surely say we are humble, but saying so most specifically makes it less true. 

Virtues are things that other people notice.

What they are specifically noticing is our virtuous doing without consciously knowing it. In fact, that’s where the beauty comes from specifically. 

They say that all of life’s deepest truths are paradoxical and this virtue business is no different. If you aspire to be virtuous, you almost never can realize such a desired outcome in a self-conscious, contrived way. 

Instead, the first step is to become a virtuous person whose actions unconsciously display your ideal virtues. The second step is that others tell you if you’re virtuous or not. 

Keep going. 

8/18/21 WOD


Complete 5 Rounds of the Following:

12 Seated DB Strict Press
8 Chin-up
:30 Weighted Plank


10 DB Power Cleans(40/25)
8 Renegade Rows
1 Single Arm DB 7th Carry
8 Inch Worm Push-ups


Incline Barbell Bench Press

Then, complete 3 rounds for quality of:

12 DB Bench Press (301)
12 Low Banded Row (311)(ea)

Then, complete 4 rounds for quality of:

100’ Rev. Sled Drag
MAX ISO Squat Hold


Make 3 attempts at the following complex:

4 RDLs
8 Dimmels

Then, complete 4 rounds for quality of:

6 Tempo DB Goblet Squats (4040)
12 Sumo Stance Band Pull Throughs
-Rest as Needed-

Then, complete 3 rounds for time of::

1 Bear Complex (135/95)
400m Run