In today’s word of quick fixes and modern technology patience is in short supply. The materialistic culture where acquiring more and more leaves little room for patience. Patience used to be seen as a virtue, displaying self-control and tolerance. It was as important as other virtues such as hope, faith, and love. Many religions, such as Buddhism and Christianity declared Patience as a virtue in their teachings. Impatience was looked down upon as self-defeating and destructive. In today’s world of impatience, where time is considered worth something, and to squander it as wrong, have roles reversed?
- Religions have named Patience as a virtue in many forms. In Buddhism it is perfection, the Bible cautions that patience is more important than pride.
- Impatience is looked at as a way of rejecting reality. They are viewed as self-defeating.
- In today’s society with technology and our materialistic cultures it seems that patience is all but forgotten as a virtue.
“Being both useful and difficult, patience is often thought of as a virtue, but it can also be understood as a complex of virtues”