Is there anything wrong with the idea that to be moral is to have an excellent character? If you think that there is something wrong with this idea please explain what it is.  If you think there isn't anything wrong, please explain why.

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We usually define moral as doing the right thing. Some may have a narrow, incomplete definition of character as having morals.  One in part defines the other.  However, different cultures have different ideas of what it is to be moral and to have character.  Morality changes with society.

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I too agree that these two things tend to go hand in hand, as having good morals will help to shape good character.  Having a strong moral compass will help a person to make the best choices in his life.  Without morals, what would help a person make the best choices? You can't have excellent character without good morals.

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I have to agree with it depending upon definitions of morality and character. For each person, both morality and character differ. Therefore, some may argue with the point in question. While some may think yes, others may think no.

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Both terms are largely subjective; standards change almost weekly. I would say that a moral stance -- being ethical beliefs -- contributes to but does not dictate your strength of character. Many people are scrupulously honest in business but loose in their marriage, and vice versa, and dozens of other combinations. It's not something that can be nailed down unless you accept X as your baseline; in other words, if you are Catholic, the standard Catholic morals contribute to your strength of character as measured against other Catholics. You might not be as moral compared to another standard.

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I believe both of these ideas pretty much go hand in hand. There may be slight semantic differences in the definitions of morality and good character, but someone with positive character traits will generally have high morals and act accordingly. I agree that morality is harder to define, and people have differing opinions about what is moral and immoral (the argument about abortion, for example); but if a sane person acts in good conscience about the decisions he makes--decisions that are beneficial and not harmful to others, and are not made out of greed or a need for power or financial gain--I would say he still has pretty high morals. 

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As others have said, morality and excellent character are different types of mindsets. Asking if it's wrong to assume that one is required in order to exhibit the other is like asking if it's wrong to have apples and oranges at the same meal. They are two distinct sets of attitudes and actions, which may or may not overlap without necessarily impacting the other.

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Morality, while the definition tends to shift over time and across the population and regions, tends to be more specifically defined than character, which is a more general assessment of a person's actions and beliefs.  The idea that something "builds character" is a common sentiment and expression, but we don't tend to assign a lot of specific ideas to that sentiment.  Morality, on the other hand, we attempt to define all the time, and argue over what morality is.  So the two things are not completely linked in my opinion.

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This depends on how you define morality and how you define character.

If you define morality as acting for the right reasons, then you would need a good character in order to act morally.  But if morality simply consists of doing the right thing, then an excellent character is not needed.  I could well do good things out of greed or pride.  Then, I would have a poor (to my mind) character but would be acting morally.

Similarly, do I have to want to act morally in order to have an excellent character?  If so, then I would need an excellent character in order to act morally.  But what if I don't want to act morally but I do so anyway?  Does that mean I have a bad character because I want to act in bad ways?  If so, I could act morally without having a good character.

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