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September 3, 2008

The Big Question: Plumcake Makes The World Substantially Better Edition

Filed under: The Big Question — Miss Plumcake @ 3:45 pm

Inspired by the lovely and gorgeous (and married, which gives me some pause, but at least I have a reasonable expectation that he’s straight –caveat: he did go to Cambridge– and honestly that’s better than I normally do) comedian Mark Watson who is making The World Substantially Better over on BBC Radio 4, I’ve been thinking a lot about virtue.

In each episode Mark “Hatefully Not Married to Plumcake But Otherwise Probably Quite Nice” Watson tackles one of six virtues in an effort to make the world substantially better. I highly recommend listening to it, although I would caution readers to turn down the volume during the “Exemplum” theme tune because it is so catchy that after you’ve died, the worms eating your delicious squishy brains will be doing so humming that song.

Watson lists the six virtues as:

  • courage
  • patience
  • generosity
  • honesty
  • diligence
  • humility

Good list, but here’s today’s big question. What virtue would you add to that list, and what is the best example you’ve seen of that virtue recently?


  1. One word: Integrity.

    Comment by Sabrina — September 3, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

  2. Actually Asatru (a Nordic polytheistic faith) has at its core the Nine Noble Virtues. (


    Noble aims, indeed, for being a good person.

    Comment by Mo — September 3, 2008 @ 5:02 pm

  3. restraint. There is too little of it in this world. Be it monetary “gotta have” items to emotions. My perfect restraint example is that the man who molested a little person I love is still alive. That took ALOT of restraint.

    Comment by mommak — September 3, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

  4. A sense of humor. Without it, one could be a shining example of all the virtues listed above and still be a deadly bore.

    Comment by AmyK — September 3, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

  5. Compassion. Clearly missing in this (American) administration. Sorry for the inclusion of politics but to me its a glaring omission and obvious example.

    Comment by Peaches — September 3, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

  6. Forgiveness, in this world there’s alot to forgive.

    Comment by Jassy — September 3, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

  7. Does love count as a virtue? I mean LOVE for everyone even the many, many, many unlovable people, not just love for the good, the family, the friends.

    Comment by shiloh — September 3, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

  8. Empathy.

    Comment by Margo — September 3, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

  9. Joy. We seem so determined that if something is feels good, looks good, tastes good, or seems good in any way, it must be bad. I think joy in things is a virtue.

    Comment by Lady A — September 3, 2008 @ 11:17 pm

  10. Awareness. Of self, of others; of consequences, of effects; of choices, of possibilities.

    Comment by rabrab — September 4, 2008 @ 1:25 am

  11. Creativity. There’s a virtue to not fitting in, but making one’s own path.

    Comment by ash — September 4, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

  12. respect for others

    Comment by Fran — September 4, 2008 @ 1:01 pm

  13. I second Sabrina’s vote for integrity, and I see it every day in my husband. His word is his bond. That’s all too rare nowadays.

    Comment by La Petite Acadienne — September 4, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  14. Charity. Definitely charity, in the classical sense. We all have issues and problems so never assume the worst of someone.

    Comment by Agatha June — September 5, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

  15. I think kindness is one of the most difficult to find. It may be wrapped up with compassion or charity or empathy in some ways.

    Integrity is part of honesty, so for me it’s covered on the original list, but I will agree that it’s hard to find it.

    Comment by Fabrisse — September 7, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

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