The singular term ‘virtue’ often represents a collective range of desirable qualities in an individual. Virtue is individualistic and moralistic, not ideological. Virtues are any admirable qualities, particularly those of moral excellence, expressed by doing what is right or good, and avoiding what is wrong. Virtues are at the core of human cooperation and flourishing. Sociocultural norms influence standards of ‘rightness’, ‘goodness’, ‘wrongness’, morality, and excellence. Virtue and humanism are the true drivers of peacebuilding and human development.
Historically, virtue was learned and practiced in the home. Virtue encourages self-sufficiency and prompts people to feel responsible for citizens of their society. Private virtue is the basis of public virtue, citizenship, and positive societal reform.