Good Character is like a suspension bridge. The cables uphold and bind together the structure to keep it solid and dependable, just like in the picture above. The suspension bridge relies on the cables to support the weight of the cars, trucks, and pedestrians crossing over it. Good character upholds values that bind us together so we may be a solid community and have dependable interactions with each other.
But, when we use the term “good,” what exactly do we mean? A community needs to agree upon what they determine to be “good” traits in each other in order to encourage these traits and have a viable community. Most probably these traits are ones that are the most desirable ones that allow the community to survive and even thrive.
People need relationships to survive. Having an agreed upon way to interact, allows things to run smoothly in these relationships. When we interact with each other in kind, thoughtful, respectful, considerate ways, everyone gets along and then they can focus on a bigger problem or issue. Together, the community is strong and can overcome obstacles. If all their time is spent arguing, they have no time to deal with obstacles, much less, create things that improve life.
Good character, then, is the structure underpinning a community that allows it to thrive.