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Virtues cut both ways. Values lead to progress.

Virtues cut both ways. Values lead to progress. 
An elementary grammar of ethics reveals it
What do courage, honor, hard work, patience,
loyalty and carefulness have in common?
They are all virtues.
And they are all binary,
meaning that they can be either-or,
either positive or negative.
Run through them.
Any virtue can morph into the ugly,
the harmful, the deleterious.
Values stand up much better.
They are ontological.
The ontological values of Triadic Philosophy
Democracy Tolerance Helpfulness
Non-idolatry.
They are generals, universals.
Each can lead to considered actions
whose results prove positive.
These values powered 
the Presidential election of 2012.
Had the GOP won
you would have heard the virtues noted here
applied to the winners.
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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…