Most overrated virtue
I watched a celebrity interview the other day, and one of the questions struck me as interesting. The question was, "What is the most overrated virtue?"
My answer is, extroversion. I realize that extroversion is not usually thought of as a virtue, but Western society rewards extroverts over introverts virtually every time. People respond to it as a great virtue even if they haven't explicitly thought of it in those terms.
I think introverts have a great deal to contribute to society, though I am not saying that introverts are better than extroverts. As in most areas, I think balance is a healthy ideal … and I think our society is unbalanced in favour of extroverts.
What's your answer to the question? Which virtue would you say is the most overrated?
Or, if you prefer to tackle the question the other way around, feel free to tell me which is the most underappreciated virtue, instead.
If you need a list of virtues to get you started, here is a classical list (with their opposites, to clarify the definitions):
|Capital Virtues||Capital Sins||humility||pride||liberality||avarice||brotherly love||envy||meekness||wrath||chastity||lust||temperance||gluttony||fortitude||sloth|
And here's a site, the Virtues Project, where dozens of others are listed.