“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost. When health is lost, something is lost. But when a character is lost, everything is lost.”
Character is the sum total of all the good qualities in a man. It consists of honesty, truthful speech and dealings, dutiful- nests, diligence, and obedience to parents, teachers, and elders. Sincerity, love of mankind, inner goodness, and desire to do well to others and to be free from hatred, jealousy, and malice are also part of the character. To live in harmony with the people of all religions, races, castes, and nations may be added to the characteristics of high character. Not casting an evil eye on a member of the opposite sex is the essence of high moral character.
A man’s character is what he really is. It is his real moral condition. It has been defined as ‘the distinctive mark of an individual. It depends partly upon inborn qualities and partly on training in youth and the circumstances in which a person has been brought up.
It can be cultivated by forming good habits in childhood. “Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character”. If we sow good habits, we build up a good character.
What goes to make up a good character? There are many qualities that go to make up the character. First comes truth. Lorde Averbury says, “But there is one quality it is essential without which a man is not a man without which no really great work was ever achieved-that is truth in the inward parts.”
Next comes justice. A man of good character should love to be out even-handed justice to all. But justice should be tempered with mercy. If it is our duty, to be frank, we ought to be sweet and courteous. Sincerity, honesty, generosity, and purity in speech thought and action- such virtues entitle a person to be called a man of good character.
Sincerity, honesty, generosity, and purity in speech thought and action- such virtues entitle a person to be called a man of good character. Character is a very important factor in a man's life. Good character is more important than health wealth or happiness