Open forum: The Virtues Project

The Virtues Project

Promoting positive behaviors and attitudes for healthy and supportive communities

Justice

Justice is being fair in all that we do. We continually look for the truth, not bowing to others’ judgments or perceptions. We do not backbite. We clear up problems face to face. We make agreements that benefit everyone equally. When we commit a wrong, we are honest in correcting it and making amends. If someone is hurting us, it is just to stop them. It is never just for strong people to hurt weaker people. With justice, we protect everyone’s rights. Sometimes when we stand for justice, we stand alone.

Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander. –Holocaust Museum, Washinton, D.C.

The Practice of Justice

I think for myself.

I do not engage in prejudice or backbiting.

I make fair agreements.

I make restitution for my mistakes.

I honor people’s rights including my own.

I have the courage to stand up for the truth.

I am thankful for the gift of Justice. It is the guardian of my integrity.

Questions for Discussion

  • In terms of our community, what does restitution look like?
  • How do I contribute to fairness?
  • What helps me have the courage to stand up for the truth?
  • Name a time when you felt you had to stand alone when standing for justice.
  • How do you solve problems in just and fair ways?
  • How can agreements be made that ensure justice for all?

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About the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands Since 1990, CFVI has been a catalyst for positive change in the territory through initiatives committed to youth, learning, family support and the environment. With a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors composed of community leaders, CFVI is a trusted advocate and supporter of programs that ensure opportunity and sustainability for current and future generations. CFVI is a registered non-profit organization entirely supported by individual donors, grants, trusts, corporate donations and estate planning. For more information, visit www.cfvi.net.

About Virtues Matter Virtues Matter was started by a passionate wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtue skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit virtuesmatter.com.

To learn more about the Virtues Project, visit www.virtuesproject.com.