Character…

Definition, the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.

In other words, the essence of you.  How you act, your goals, your ambitions, the way you present yourself, all the things that define you.

Character can be good or bad. Most world leaders have character.  The majority are not the kind of person you would want to be close to.

Even good characters sometimes do things that neither you nor I would want to do.  This is especially true of great leaders.  Woefully so in times of war, when leaders make decisions that kill.  Harry Truman was a magnificent president and he ordered the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

An extreme example of “character” is paranoia.  It is very easy to guess what a paranoid is going to do in a given circumstance.  He (or she) is going to suspect everyone of trying to get them and will act accordingly.  They are often correct.

A person of good character will appreciate the interests of others much as they act in their own interest.  Something called empathy.  A person of good character will do “the right thing”, even when it is uncomfortable, even when it costs them money or prestige or even friendship.  They have an inner moral directive.  Partially hereditary, partially from growing up in a family that is highly moral.  It rubs off.

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