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supererogation

RC Church supererogatory prayers, devotions, etc.
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Many (indeed, I think all) of the virtues that we are aretaically obligated to cultivate are constituted by dispositions to supererogate and to do so for its own sake--to go beyond the call of deontic duty so as to do deeds to which others have no deontic rights.
Other words that have passed out of use include "supererogate" which means to do or perform more than is required.
So on this analysis, it would be virtually impossible not to supererogate. Only in Hollywood is it that easy to be a "hero".