Why can’t we all just get along? Since the L.A. riots in 1992, many have breathed out these words in despair and confusion. In a word, America has lost her public virtue. Virtue, not material prosperity, is key to “getting along.”
Long before Christianity came on the scene, virtue was understood as the foundation of civil life. It was Plato, 400 years before Christ, who articulated the Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Temperance, Courage and Justice. Centuries later, Christian thinkers added the Theological Virtues, Faith, Hope and Love, to bring the total number of virtues to seven.