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  1. “Virtue / vice” – it looks like a religious couple, there is a direct sin nearby dancing nearby, and righteousness.

    Borderline, in a word: either/or.

    Well, then, depending on the concept of a particular cult, and in the interpretation of a particular priest.

    I, as a person who is far from such moralizing, believe that the question is in accordance with the modest behavior of a person's goals and values. You can do anything if you know why you're doing it…�

    And then there is the question of unfreedom. If a person shows modesty not from free choice, not from the possibility of behaving differently, but simply because he does not know how to do otherwise, this is not a vice, nor is it a merit, it is simply not freedom.�

    And if you freely choose whether to show yourself modestly, or directly compete for resources (attention, money, power, etc.) – again, this is not about vice and not about holiness , but about freedom.�

    Is unfreedom a vice? Is freedom a virtue? – In Orthodoxy, for example, as far as I know, obedience is much more valuable than freedom. However, as I wrote above: in the interpretation of different priests M. B. in different ways))

  2. When a modest person is not advertised, does not Russify, does not show off, does not pose, does not curl up, does not pass out – this is dignity. When a person is pinched, stands on the sidelines, is quiet, timid-this is a vice.

  3. Virtue is usually understood as bringing some benefit, and vice — causing harm.

    The benefit is manifested when a person adequately perceives reality. Conversely, harm is shown when a person is in an illusion.

    In the case of modesty, an adequate perception of reality – in a clear, confident understanding of their capabilities, strengths, skills, and merits. And the illusion is in the discrepancy between self-assessment and reality. Modesty is harmful when it is excessive or insufficient. For example, a person on the street became ill, lost consciousness. People started calling loudly for the doctors present. If a person is a doctor, but shows excessive modesty, he will think: “Well, what kind of doctor am I, I've only been working for six months, and I'm too shy to do artificial respiration.” Then such excessive modesty can lead to harm for a sick person. Or on the contrary, some person who has taken courses in mixing medicinal herbs or massage will show insufficient modesty and try to bring the person to their senses, but due to lack of experience, they will harm him even more.

    That is, modesty is good when it helps to show the real state of affairs.

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