Knowing what is customarily expected of an upstanding person in your circumstances and performing this if it is appropriate.

a.k.a. decorum, etiquette, being proper

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices


Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links


Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “The philosopher Yu said: ‘In the usages of decorum it is naturalness that is of value. In the regulations of the ancient kings this was the admirable feature, both small and great deriving therefrom. But there is a naturalness that is not permissible; for to know to be natural, and yet to be so beyond the restraints of decorum is also not permissible’” (Analects of Confucius, I.XII.1-2)