(Gossip done, and standing outside Costa in CP, we were talking about overrated virtues, and that is what accompanying friend came up with.)
Me: “That’s not a virtue, that’s just bad luck.”
He: “How is that bad luck? People “save themselves” all the time.”
Me: “Sure, yes, still doesn’t make it a virtue. It’s not in the list.”
Him: “There’s no list. Cardinal sins, seven, yes. No virtue list.”
Long live Google:
Virtue (Latin virtus; Greek ἀρετή) is moral excellence of a person. A virtue is a trait valued as being good. The conceptual opposite of virtue is vice.
Point being, back then, I couldn’t think of one single virtue, forget overrated.
How can that be, but. Brow deliberately furrowed, and driving back, I forced myself to think. Turns out, diplomacy isn’t a virtue. And neither is sweetness, to set one my one lovely g-talker straight!
Which means, last men standing = Charity, Patience, and Fidelity.
As it happens, Wikipedia has some 85 virtues, including autonomy, foresight inventiveness and unselfishness. All quite peripheral in my book, but I like that they list humour and lovingness as well.
To each his own of course, but apart from the indispensables, and just to my ‘umble way of thinking, compassion, integrity, respect, and truth apart, not too many that would make you a foul person.