The Importance Of Character

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According to Merriam-Webster, character is “The group of qualities that make a person, group, or thing different from others.” Character is the way a person reasons, feels, and acts. It is a state of being and not doing. The choices and decisions that are made when no one is watching typically exemplifies the real you. Most of us tend to make better decisions when others are watching to protect our reputations. For some reason, we want people to think of us in a certain manner; therefore, we behave the way others think we should. I personally know people that act a certain way when others are watching, but behind closed doors they are a completely different person. This is hypocritical behavior. A hypocrite is a person that says one thing and does another. Often times, their words are not consistent with their actions and deeds. A person of integrity will be who they are regardless of where they are and who they are with. They will not change. If you want to test a person’s character, just observe how they treat the people whom they have authority or advantage over. Malcolm Forbes, publisher of Forbes magazine, states, “You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” Character is one of the most important things we possess. A person’s nature and temperament will sustain them and determine the course of their lives. The condition of our hearts can be perceived by our actions, attitudes, reactions, and responses;
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