EP2: Does Basketball Actually Develop Virtues?
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Do human beings truly develop virtues, morals, and spiritual qualities through playing the sport of basketball? Or is basketball just a trivial pursuit and waste of time?

In Episode 2 of "Elevated Conversations" I explore the Baha'i Writings; the reflections of the inventor of basketball, James Naismith; as well as my own personal experience to share how we can practically develop virtuous qualities through the sport of basketball.

5 Virtues I've developed through playing basketball:

  1. Excellence
  2. Truthfulness/Reconciliation
  3. Encouragement
  4. Humility
  5. Contentment

5 Virtues we can understand through the metaphor of basketball:

  1. Spiritual Initiative
  2. Spiritual Agility
  3. Spiritual Accuracy
  4. Spiritual Skill
  5. Spiritual Muscle Memory

Basketball: It's Origin and Development by James Naismith

Muscular Christianity

The Virtues Project

Baha'i Quotations on Virtues
Bahá'u'lláh's Tablet of Wisdom

Gleaning from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh

Paris Talks of `Abdu’l-Bahá'

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