Virtue Is Its Own Reward


Last updated 9/14/2020 at 3:35pm

You can tell a lot about a man’s character by the way he approaches a moral concept that is foreign to him. Take, for example, the concept of service. If that man is visiting, let’s say, Arlington National Cemetery and remarks “I don’t get it. What was in it for them?” he is implying that doing something which is altruistic is beyond his understanding.

If this man, when referring to an American cemetery in France, labels the soldiers who lie there under plain white crosses “losers and suckers,” we are provided with further evidence that to him the idea of service is ludicro...

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