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Virtues Consists In The Good, Not The Difficult

"“The essence of virtue consists in the good rather than in the difficult.… Not everything that is more difficult is necessarily more meritorious. It is necessary for the perfection of human society, that there should be men who devote their lives to contemplation.” - St. Thomas Aquinas

Virtue consists in the good action, not the difficult path per se. So the difficulty involved in doing something is not necessarily the proof that it is the better path. Hence the story about Martha and MaryMartha and Mary
38As they traveled along, Jesus entered a village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to His message. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations to be made. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me!”

41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things. 42But only one thing is necessary. Mary has...
. Just because something is hard to do, doesn't mean it's the best thing to do. Like the Transformers, there's more to heroism than meets the eye.


  1. "Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress" by John Fitch, Max Frenzel, Mariya Suzuki. Original quote from St. Thomas Aquinas