Dow explains that the benefits that come to the intellectually virtuous person can be broken down into 3 categories: we come to know more, become better thinkers, and become better people (p79).
“Our intellectual character influences our lives just as moral character does, and with at least as much force…… In a very real sense the quality of our intellectual character even trumps moral character in terms of its power to direct the course of our lives” (Virtuous Minds* p22.)
Making choices and decisions are fundamental to everyday life. These decisions range from the relatively insignificant to life altering decisions about career, family, school choices for our children or where to live. In the ebb and flow of daily life large numbers of these decisions are made almost automatically without deep thought or discussion, and many of our decisions are driven by emotion, which is often subconscious (p123).