Travelling for the holidays has made me stop and think meaningfully about punctuality and virtue. For as long as I can remember, I’ve tried to be punctual. From a virtue perspective, I would say I worked on finding the mean of punctuality but sometimes overshoot. Flying to visit my parents for the holidays, however, put me in a position where I was late, and that was uncomfortable for me. Suddenly, I placed the focus on myself more than I care to admit. Stuck in the back of the plane, I secretly wanted people to stay in their seats to let people with tight connections to go through first. Since I missed my connection, I had plenty of time to think and I’ve come to the conclusion that when I’m punctual, I don’t have to obsess over the time and am more aware of what is going on around me. The virtues are not only goals in and of themselves, but they really can contribute to the good life overall. I am curious where you think punctuality fits into the classical virtues. I would argue it is rooted in prudence, but one could make a case for it to be a part of justice. Regardless, I hope that airlines as institutions can work towards this virtue on an ongoing basis.
December 28, 2010
The Ethics of Punctuality
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