I’ve been thinking about the difference between virtue and vice in Christian thought. I would like to hear your thoughts on this.
I looked at the related human behaviors, persistence and stubbornness and meditated on them for a while.
Persistence is the art of pursuing the same goal by different means until learning what works or learning to modify the goal. Persistent people learn from others and their experience.
The Biblical expression for “stubborn” is “stiff necked.” The Israelites raised goats as well as sheep. Put a rope on a lamb and give it a tug and they will generally respond by following you. Now try it with a goat. This is “stiff necked.”
Now persistence and the related idea of perseverance are virtues. Stiff-necked or stubborn is a vice. They are both about being consistent and pushing ahead in spite of obstacles. So why does God recommend persistence but warns against stubborn?