Character (The Foundation of a Person)

“Character, not circumstance, makes the person.” – Booker T. Washington (Educator, Author and Teacher. 1856-1915)

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”- Abraham Lincoln (American 16th US President (1861-65), who brought about the emancipation of the slaves. 1809-1865)

The term character points to the foundation of a person. An individual with great character is one who is secure in his or her identity and through that security chooses to affect instead of be affected by his or her world. The strength of character is what distinguishes between one who influences others and one who is influenced by others.

Character determines the way an individual perceives and reacts to the world; it may be constructed and perfected through circumstances and hardship but when it is established, maintains its own pattern. Character is the cornerstone of a person’s psychological structure. Thus, it is the goal of ELI 360 and all its partner universities to facilitate character development in all its students.