Rejecting virtue is violent to the core

One of the most popular ideas floating through public consciousness today is the idea that physical fitness requires people to take good care of their core-that is, the muscles at the center of the body that provide the core source of strength to every other muscle, or as one fitness writer describes it, the muscles that “help keep your body stable and balanced.”

In the same way, we might say that a person’s emotional core needs to be grounded in stability and a healthy balance-two attributes of the human being who is grounded in virtue.

Just as a body must be kept strong and well-balanced, a person’s emotional well-being must also be attuned to what is good and healthy. Otherwise human attitudes and relationships will become as flabby as the body that is not receiving a muscular workout.