Personal Essay


Moral excellence or righteousness is what the American Heritage dictionary describes when asked to find the definition of virtue. I feel in my lifetime that I and others would succeed more often if I and others around me had an open mind about everything in life, thatís why I feel an open mind would be the best virtue to posess.


In our world of fast paced coffee espresso drive throughs we do so much wrong that we donít even see or acknowledge what wrongs we have committed. The pure fact that a high school senior may have more say then a high school freshman is morally wrong; who is to say that age brings wisdom? I can easily think of faculty, teachers, and parents who have the same arrogant attitude that were grown while attending high school. Many of the people we look up to today donít have the moral virtues needed to live a long and happy life. I can easily think of a gym teacher I had last semester, which seemed intent on causing the non-sporty non-preps of our gym class pain and agony. He unknowingly favored the sporty athletic kids of our class. Sad to say I wasnít one of the sporty kids. He was quoted saying, ďathletic kids succeed in life!Ē The only question in my mind after that lovely time was, Iím not sporty does that mean I wonít succeed in life? People need to have an open mind in everything. Thatís why I picked an open mind as my virtue, because I feel no one really has one, and those who do claim to own an open mind, generally donít have one either. Thereís not a day where I go through school and see someone being judged. I try to keep an open mind and leave my bad judgments until the person commits an error.


The gym teacher for my last semester did not have what I could call an open mind, because Iím sure some athletic kids do succeed in life. Though more often