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Instill Virtue

Virtue, which is valued by all cultures, can be divided into attributes that relate to oneself and to others. Hence, living a moral life in relation to private duties is private virtue, while living a life of service and sacrifice for one’s fellow beings is public virtue. Understanding and incorporating virtue in its fullest context is the first attribute necessary to statesmanship.

A primary purpose of this university is to inspire students to develop both private and public virtue. Classical mentoring is the most effective method for developing these attributes.

A mentor's own virtue is a fundamental moral prerequisite and a life-long pursuit. Once a mentor is established on this path in his own personal development, he can then seek to inspire his students to develop theirs.

Drawing from personal experience as well as the lives of great men and women from history and literature, he leads discussions to investigate and distinguish those attributes that contribute to virtue, and he inspires the students to develop them.

A key to this inspiration is helping students explore and pursue their own personal missions of service to mankind and to take charge of their requisite development. Each person's mission is unique. The calling of a mentor is to inspire others to find their own mission and to pursue it.

No mentor should step into the classroom if he does not feel that it is part of his own mission to be there. It is not enough to know about and believe in public virtue and statesmanship. Mentors must have an unquenchable drive in their work because they know that training future leaders is their mission.

A mentor must be able to look a student in the eye and exhort him to a life of purpose because he himself lives such a life. This is the essence of mentorship.

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“He that is a righteous master of his house will be a righteous statesman.”
   —Plato

 

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