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שבוע 4 – התחייבות לתוכנית

האם אתה מוכן להתחייב לתרגל את ארבעת השלבים של חינוך מוסרי?


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The plan for virtue education that is used in this site does not have claims to originality. Rather, it uses well-consolidated practices in educating virtue,  representing them in a four-stage approach that is easily understood and applied.

The plan is envisioned over 28 weeks or practice, and the four stages below are outlined within this scheduled time-frame.


A four stage plan

#1 – UNDERSTAND

Duration: four weeks (Weeks 1-4)

This is the first stage, that you should have concluded at this point (since you are in Week 4).  This stage is mostly about theory and helps you understand what virtue education is, how it works, why it is important and where it is rooted.

Adults need to be aware of how they are growing in order to grow, and that is why some basic understanding about character and virtue is the first essential step.

Only basic content has been selected in this initial phase, in order to allow you to complete it in a relatively short time.  But it is a good idea to learn as much about virtue as you can during the entire project (perhaps choose a good book on virtue to keep on your bedside or work through some of the Additional resources that are suggested at the end of each week). You will be engaging with more content in Phase 3 with a special focus on understanding specific virtues.


#2 – TEST

Duration: four weeks (Weeks 5-8)

Once  you have achieved a basic understanding of virtue education, you are ready to self-assess your character.  A unique Virtue Test has been designed in this site that will allow you to evaluate your character against 13 virtues.

The test itself only takes about 30 minutes, but during this phase you also be helped to understand how the test is designed and what you can expect from it, and how to interpret your results.

At the end of this stage, you will be led to make a commitment to work on one particular virtue.


#3 – PRACTICE

Duration: sixteen weeks (9-24)

זהו השלב המעשי ביותר שייקח את הזמן הארוך ביותר.  זה גם השלב שבו הכי קל לוותר.

You will begin by designing a plan to facilitate growth in your chosen virtue. Then you will be given a multi-faceted set of tools that will help you intentionally work on your character.  Don’t worry if you are not be familiar with words like ‘habituate’, ‘critical friendship’ or ‘virtue literacy’… Explanations will be provided.

During this stage, you will receive specific guidance every week on how to use these tools, as well as more content to help you understand specific virtues.

This phase is designed as an incubation period in which your character will slowly change.


#4 – REFLECT

Duration: four weeks (25-28)

היווצרות אמיתית כוללת תרגול רפלקטיבי, וזה מה שתעשה בשלב הרביעי של חינוך מוסרי.

You will begin by taking the Virtue Test again and comparing your results with those in Phase 2 (before the intensive practice stage).  Hopefully, you will growth in your chosen virtue.

To consolidate your growth, you will be instructed to engage in a piece of reflective writing where you will look back on how you have grown and look forward to consider new areas of virtue education in your life.

Phase 4 ends with having a celebration and making plans for next steps.


המחויבות שלך

מוכן? לפני שתתחייב, כדאי לעבור על רשימת פעולות לביצוע זו:

  • האם אתה רוצה לפעול במרץ? להיות אדם מוסרי מתחיל ברצון למצב העניינים הנכון.  חשבת על זה עד הסוף? האם אתה באמת רוצה להתרחק ממחלק המוסר ולהיות מוסרי יותר?
  • יש לך את המוטיבציה הנכונה?  זה לא מספיק כדי לכוון את הרצונות שלך כלפי מעלה, המוטיבציה שלך גם צריך להיות מוסרי. אל תבחרו בטוהריות למניעים תועלתניים או מונעי אשמה. במקום לבחור להיות מוסריים כדי לפרוח כבן אדם וכביטוי של אהבה כלפי אלוהים, שכנים ועל עצמך.
  • האם אתה מוכן לתת דין וחשבון? חינוך מוסרי הוא קשה נלחם, וייתכן שיהיה עליך לעשות ברית בקהילה כדי לעזור לך כפי שאתה נלחם על מידות טובות בחיים שלך.
  • האם אתה זמין לשאת את הכאב של שינוי?  חינוך האופי שלך במעלות עשוי להיות כרוך בכאב פיזי (לדוגמה, הנובע מפעילות גופנית) או כאב יחסי. האם אתה מוכן לשלם את העלות?
  • And finally, will you be constant? Constancy is a foundational virtue and through it virtue education will either succeed or fail.  In choosing a project of virtue education, do you commit to finish it even if you may get tired, distracted or not see immediate results? Are you

If you’ve said yes to the questions above, then make a commitment in writing  by completing the suggested sentences below.

  • I really want to be more virtuous.  In particular…
  • My motivation to be more virtuous is…
  • For me, being accountable about my character growth…
  • Change will be difficult, but I think that…
  • Concerning constancy, here is what I think…

If you are working with a group, share it with others to whom you want to be accountable. This is a good place to remind you of the possible different Contexts of Practice in which you may find yourself as they will impact the way you carry out your plan and how you express your commitment both in terms of scheduling and of accountability (should your context be one in which you are committing to the plan as a group).


משאבים נוספים

  • Reflections from the Christian Scriptures on Being Stiff-necked and how this vice can impact your commitments
  • Seneca wrote the following advice to his pupil Lucilius: ‘Do not run hither and thither and distract yourself by changing your abode; for such restlessness is the sign of a disordered spirit’ (Seneca). More on the Vice of Restlessness that opposes the kind of constancy needed to maintain your commitment to this plan.

סיימת עכשיו את שלב #1 – דמיון, אנא הקדש רגע כדי לספק את המשוב שלך על החוויה שלך עד כה.
אתם מוכנים לעבור לשלב #2 – בדיקה

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