Stoic philosophy places a high value on virtue. The basic reasoning is that man as a creature of reason will become the best he can be by expressing virtue in his life and eliminating vice. The pertinent question is: “How does man incubate virtue within the essence of his constitution?”. Even though man is a creature of reason he does not naturally gravitate towards virtue. Man slips easily into a logical fallacy driven by passion into the clutches of vice.
Stoics assumed that discipline is needed to train the mind each day to develop towards virtue. The promise for such effort is the attainment of happiness. But we need to dig deeper to find the seed for virtue.
It starts when we become conscious of our human nature and we become conscious of our true nature when we start to observe ourselves…. Every action, emotion and thought. Observation incubate the seed for virtue to develop.