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alienation

the sense of anxiety, isolation, or separation that comes from not feeling at home in one’s world

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balance

maintaining a healthy equilibrium by choosing wisely when confronted with conflicting or overlapping responsibilities

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belonging

feeling included, even “at home,” because of care received and reciprocated

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character

the distinctive personal qualities and habits that direct a person’s decisions and future actions

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community

a group of people pursuing a common mission in sustainable ways for the good of all of its members

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coordination

the effective inspiration and management of a community’s efforts toward achieving a shared goal

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curiosity

a strong desire to know or learn something new

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ethics

the study and practice of the repeated behaviors and habits that lead to strong senses of spirit, belonging, and thriving

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ethos (pl. ethoi)

the defining spirit of a community as manifested in its beliefs, habits, and aspirations

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engagement

full involvement with others in a shared community

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eudaimonia

the deep, profound happiness and satisfaction that comes from virtuously moving toward one’s telos throughout life (see telos defined below)

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external goods

superficial, transitory rewards that exist in the world of things rather than in the complex emotional and ethical realm of the self

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growth mindset

focus on the effort and improvement necessary to overcome challenges rather than on one’s ability or performance at a point in time

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internal goods

intangible and enduring rewards derived from the gradual mastery of complex skills and productive, healthy practices

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leadership

engaging, serving, and coordinating one’s communities in ethical and sustainable ways so that those communities move toward their goals; the cultivated habit of understanding the world as your world, for which you have the responsibility of proactive care (see responsibility defined below)

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narrative goods

the intrinsic rewards of belonging and direction that come when one tells the honest story about where he comes from, where he is, and where he is going

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negative capability

the ability to hold conflicting ideas, feelings, and motivations in oneself without forcing a premature judgment or decision among them

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responsibility

the understanding that we must own our actions, that we are liable for their consequences, and that we owe reciprocal care to our communities

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self definition 1

a self is its web of social roles, through which it cares for and is cared for by its world.

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self definition 2

a self is its character, its capacity to be effective, its virtues minus its vices.

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service

tending to the needs of people and our world in a way that promotes, preserves, and enhances their thriving

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sustainability

creation and preservation of the conditions that allow something to continue existing

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synthesizing

creating connections between separate entities in a way that imparts something new and unified

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telos

what a being could become if it grew into its fullest self; the as-yet-unrealized-trajectory of one’s being

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thriving

growing, developing, flourishing; actualizing one’s highest potential

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vice

a destructive, unsustainable habit, behavior, or quality that inhibits caring and thriving and that therefore harms its host and his community

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virtue

an excellent habit or quality, developed over time, that helps a person to care, to serve, to thrive, and to gain the internal goods that make life purposeful and satisfying

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