Originally Posted by Jackie Treehorn
My father wrote to me once, listing the four chief virtues: wisdom, justice, fortitude and temperance. As I read the list, I knew I had none of them. But I have other virtues, father. Ambition. That can be a virtue when it drives us to excel. Resourcefulness, courage, perhaps not on the battlefield, but... there are many forms of courage. Devotion, to my family and to him. But none of my virtues were on his list. Even then, it was as if he didn't want me for his son.
That a sad story. Though they don't exactly match, they are complementary. I reckon fortitude + ambition = success. Fortitude goes w/ devotion, too. You endure the pain or disappointment because those you love can cause the most distress. I think one needs a bit of wisdom to be resourceful, yeah?
Me. I speak to my father twice a year. And we talk for hours and hours. I actually think our relationship is quite close. My mother... it's an effort to call her, and I do every 2 - 3 weeks, but it's due to obligation rather than any real desire to do so. Prates on and on about people I don't know, things I care little about, but I listen, feign interest, and then say my goodbyes... 10 minutes into it. We don't have a good relationship.