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The Value of Character The fact that our people have no character is acknowledged universally at home and abroad and in business and government circles In fact as Berdyaev says Character is the possession of power over oneself it is the victory over slavery to oneself So what exactly is character To me character is choosing values over animal instincts As GA Parwez says on his essay on character Preservation of life is an animal instinct not so is the preservation of honor The concept of honor is unknown to the animal world Preservation of human values elevates the level of life from the animal to the human Today we can see people appealing to animal instincts over their inherent human values What is character The definition best suited to this essay is the moral or ethical groundings of a person So a lack of character would mean a lack of morals and honor Today the very fiber of our moral makeup is being warped from all sides Look no further than 42nd President William Jefferson Clinton The former leader of our free world was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury and other high-crimes and misdemeanors Currently he has been disbarred in Arkansas from practicing law and the rights to his memoirs have fetched over 2 million dollars The twisted part is we accepted his lies affairs and his dishonesty What does it say about a country and its people when a man like Bill Clinton is representing us Another sickening example of the lack of character is the media Is it any small coincidence that The National Enquirer and Star tabloids were recently hit by anthrax Was some crusader trying to make a point about the lack of character in our culture today The truth is our media is perverted by violence and sexuality American television and movies are nothing more than killing explosions and drama Look at the most popular
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