Ministry Pillar #1: The Moral Compass of Everyday Virtues

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Part of the reason families are floundering today is because we lack a simple moral compass by which to assess our culture. Virtue Works Media’s VIRTUE LITERACY PROJECT will pioneer a fresh solution, a whole new way to evaluate and rate reading, media and music. We will offer a rating system focused on positive, not negative assessments.

Why do we need Virtue Ratings?

Current outdated rating systems like PG, PG-13, R, X, M, and ADULT are based on warnings about negative content. They were appropriate for an era when the bulk of reading and media was wholesome, and families needed a way to identify the “bad apples.” With our current flood of toxic content, such ratings only encourage children and teens to read and watch progressively worse material. In the modern marketplace, healthy and harmful titles are promoted equally, within a insidious spectrum of “age appropriateness.”

How will it work?

Virtue Works Media will apply 30 Everyday Virtues to rate reading and entertainment according to positive content. The truly “bad apples” don’t even merit a rating and are excluded.

Each virtue rating on the Virtue Works! Family Reading & Media Guide platform will include a bar graph metric featuring 8 to 10 specific Everyday Virtues that are prominent in the title. Here is the list of virtues that compose the spectrum for our moral compass.

The 30 Everyday Virtues:

Faith: reliance on the power of God.
Humility: believing that littleness is a gift.
Acceptance: saying “yes” to life as it is.
Mercy: compassionate forgiveness.
Hope: believing in a good future with God. 

Just Vision: seeing and seeking justice.
Humor: seeing / smiling at life’s light side.
Peace: being undisturbed, resting in love.
Adaptability:  adjust agreeably to change.
Modesty: simplicity and selfless attention focused on others.

Faithfulness: loyalty that keeps promises.
Wisdom: exercising good judgement.
Steadfastness: loving, selfless dedication.
Integrity: internal consistent goodness.
Charity: selflessness that motivates generosity.

Joyfulness: inner gladness despite difficulty
Trust: confident reliance on God or others
Devotion: care for the beloved, no matter what
Empathy: sharing the feelings of another
Gratitude: thankfulness and appreciation

Cooperation: sacrificing to work in sync with others
Patience: to persist in spite of frustration
Fortitude: spiritual toughness /stamina
Prudence: choosing the greatest good
Self-Discipline: self-imposed obedience

Honesty: the exercise of authenticity & truth
Inspiration: energizing the enthusiasm of others
Kindness: consideration to put others 1st
Courage: acting according to belief
Perseverance: unwavering endurance

The Everyday Virtues are a professionally researched collection of positive human attributes that can be energized with grace to make us holy.

As Everyday Virtues, we can thus appreciate each noble quality appearing in what we read and experience in media, both as a positive human habit, and also when more deeply rooted as a pattern of holiness and grace.

Ultimately, as families use the Virtue Rating system to choose the media and entertainment they consume, they will notice a growing desire to raise the bar for the content they are willing to spend their time and money on. Thus, we can shift the cultural conversation toward a celebration of titles that offer excellence in both style AND substance.  Growth in Virtue Literacy will enable us to look at each book we read, each movie we watch, and each song we sing…through the lens of VIRTUE.