A few months ago I had a conversation with a man who stated, “Character can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t.” As I dug deeper with a few questions, I found that his belief was based on the idea that you learn character as a child and it is set by adulthood. There was some truth in his perspective. The way we were taught and role models we followed as a child has a strong influence on our adult value system. However, this perspective does not take into consideration each person’s ability to grow in understanding and alter our values throughout adulthood.
On the surface it seems character is something that can’t be taught. This is often a result of an emotional response when someone has acted in a way that is hurtful or immoral in some way. We think to ourselves, that this person certainly couldn’t have an ounce of good character, if they act this way.
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