Virtuous strands of Western Civilization

Just as one trait becomes a virtue as it works harmoniously with other traits towards achievement of the good on a personal level, so there are multiple strands within real Western Civilization that come together РChristianity is one strand, another is Stoicism, Platonism, Aristotelianism, and so on. These strands can balance and enhance each other Рwhen used in the proper way together, they can help to bring about a virtuous civilization, i.e., achieve the good. They can be complementary or synergistic, and indeed, my guess is that this synergy is part of what makes Western Civilization as important as it has been.

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