Character. What is character?
When thinking of myself it’s always the same slogan coming to mind, my “character defects”. I don’t go to AA but I’ve been there often enough to have had this little phrase find a niche in my head. I’m not a person of character. I’m a person of character defects. And it’s true.
I would wish endlessly to be able to call myself a person of character. But I think it’s much like wisdom. It can only be attained through time.
And looking up to certain people, they are indeed the older ones. Who wants to learn from a kid? Although that too is possible. Genius is born young.
What is character? And I haven’t done a study here, it’s just whatever pops into my head. - According to the USA TV channel it’s individuality. Being a character is almost like being unique. Being someone nobody else is. And in a sense that’s true. You could almost say that every human being is a character, if they would live up to it. Something most of us don’t. Which was Nietzsche’s point. The “superman” is not Superman. The “superman” is only one thing: really human. - Character equalling authenticity here. Or being genuine.
But character in the sense of character, that of being or having a type of “orientation” to yourself for others, that’s a quite rare thing.
According to the dictionaries I have character is an individuality, but somehow that’s not what I mean nor what anyone else means when talking about a person of character. Unless I’m at a loss a person of character is a person of principles, no matter the storm.
Who do I look up to? Certainly my father. A great man of principles and religious faith. Although he’ll probably not show up on political charts. One or two friends I consider role-models. And the rest is mere history. To mark Christopher Hitchens in history already is pretty tragic. But such is life. This man shaped a bunch of my thoughts, although I’m terribly not that radical. - Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Two people standing for what is right. Only one leaving. - Doctor Philipus Theoprastus Bombast von Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus, ... encompassing everthing which thought is all about. - Shit. What about Luther? What about Churchill? - This were men of character.
Character is about individuality. But you can be an individual without character. And if you are, you can change it. - “Character defect” is not alcoholic, it’s universal. - The making of character can’t be bought. It’s attained through time.
Well, just some thoughts on a weekday afternoon. Thanks for the availabilty of a post anyway.
Would love to get your thoughts…