Virtue, Value, and Authenticity

Posted: February 15, 2017

Authenticity is a measure of one’s trueness in personality, character and spirit despite the different pressures that might be placed on them. It is a measure of one’s conscious self which is more guided by their principles. Authenticity gives a person the definition of what they stand for and rarely waver despite the different external pressures and influences that are so rampant in their day to day lives. As a true definition of the purposefulness of human life, people are encouraged in different occasions to be authentic and not be easily influenced for their different stands.

The authenticity of an individual can be discerned through different approaches including the social set up they are in and the expectation such a society have on them. As Golomb (2012) urges, authenticity is not an inherent personal attribute as people act differently as per the situation they find themselves in.  The profession may act as per their professional requirement under different circumstances including supervision or under authority to ensure that they provide authentic service or products.

Authenticity from a person can also be discerned through the personal attributes of an individual. According to Koole & Kuhl (2003), an authentic individual posses attributes such as truthfulness and honesty which are the intergral part of authenticity. Furthermore, an authentic individual understands their emotional feelings which they readily express and share. Thus an individual can easily be discerned by their attributes to determine if they are authenticity.

The Holy Bible encourages Christians to be authentic in their faith and day to day life. The ability to discern is considered a gift from Holy Spirit (Funk,1996). The Holy Bible encourages Christians in its teachings to be able to differentiate between the good and the evil. Through its teachings, Christians have to follow the ten commandments and the teachings of Jesus Christ that guide them on differentiating between wrong and right. Jesus Christ in his teachings, encouraged his followers to be themselves before submitting to God, which will in the process help them appreciate their shortfallings. By appreciating one's shortfallings, Christian can be forgiven for their trespasses (Funk,1996). 


Virtue is a moral trait that defines what is deemed morally good. As a Christian, the need to lead a virtuous life has been inculcated in me not only from the church but also from my family which is highly religious. As a family, the moral expectation from us is what has highly defined who I am. The need to be respectful to everybody and appreciate who they are was inculcated in from a tender age. 

The need to relate well to others by doing what I expect them to do for me has been part of my growing up.  Both at home and church, we were taught the need to do good for others, reciprocation was always guaranteed. Through the biblical teaching, being good to others was a milestone teaching that was always reinforced back at home. ‘Do unto others what you wish them done to you’ (Luke 6:13) has always been my best biblical verse that I have always readily applied. The biblical teaching on virtues can, therefore, be used as the good basis for authenticating virtues, especially among the Christians.

Honesty is a great pillar of virtuousness. Virtue is highly guided by honesty in everything one does, despite their backgrounds. As Au & Au(2008) asserts, dishonest begins with oneself before being transferred to other entities. A person who is dishonest lacks virtues thus cannot be depended on upon. Furthermore, honesty is the key to success in every aspect of life.  A virtuous profession is defined by an integrity which is their honesty. As a scholar who aims at advancing in my studies, being virtuous is vital in ensuring that I am successful at advancing to pursue Masters degree in accounting. Being honest has helped me to pursue my ambitions passionately and carrying it to my profession in future will result in a successful career as an accountant.


Values are the most important things in one's life as they work and do different things in their day to day lives.  Values ensure that one leads a good life that they had desired as they draw contention from it.  According to Funk (1996), life is supposed to be lived and fully enjoyed and appreciated by individuals only when they live by their predetermined principles. The individual lives by pursuing their set priorities, which are their virtues.

A person with values can easily be known by their consistency and persistence they show as they pursue their goals. The values serve as a guide in ensuring that they are successful in whatever they have set out to do. A person who lives by their values is easily recognized by the character and zeal they display and are easily predictable.

Values are therefore a critical element in understanding who a person is. Though personal values may vary from time to time as people, dedicate different values to different things in their lives. As a student, I have been guided by the value of hard work and consistency in whatever I do, time management is also an essential element of my personal virtues.

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