Without appropriating, I’d like to incorporate the Navajo prayer Beauty Way into contemporary virtue ethics. If you’re unfamiliar with this prayer, it goes like this:
It may be easy to see how this prayer–even as a prayer itself–fits into virtue ethics. As a prayer, poem or song, it is a mental action performed; a ritual or tradition. As such, the aim is to cultivate virtues–even, perhaps, the ones alluded to in the prayer.
As a selection of virtue ethics, it sits alongside Christian virtue ethics and Stoic ethics, particularly since it aims to shed unnecessary things, as the Stoics wish the shed “the passions.” Think about it: Everything unnecessary will leave and one will walk in beauty.
Even the action–walking–is a practice that lends itself to virtue. The prayer hopes for the prayer-sayer to be surrounded in beauty. But it’s not just that! One’s words will be beautiful! Because of this, the prayer hopes to bring, at the very least, the virtue of being able to speak beautifully!
I think this prayer and lifeway fits solidly within virtue ethics.