Dear WBC/Micah friends,
The last article forwarded for the
current academic year is written by David Brooks. Brooks is a well-known
journalist (he has a regular column in the New York Times), and a
frequent guest on television shows that assess national political issues. This month's reading is titled, "The Moral Bucket List," which was
recently run in the Times. Themes from this column probably appear
in his new book, The Road to Character.
The message in Brooks's column
aligns well with subjects discussed and analyzed in our Micah readings. He writes about the importance of "eulogy virtues," the need to
develop inner character and explore your deepest self. He argues that
inner virtue is built from specific moral and spiritual accomplishments.
On his own journey Brooks set out to
explore the ways to build self-awareness and character. With his bucket
list he presents ideas about developing the richest inner life.
His suggestions for inner virtue
strike me as very Ignatian. Also, having studied Bernard Lonergan's
cognitive theories during the last year, I see a connection between his
philosophy and Brooks' presentation.
As usual John Fontana has a series
of good questions for discussion or personal reflection. Pay attention to
those designed to probe which "moral bucket list" categories resonate
with your life or are most challenging for you.
Enjoy this well written reading, and
try to make time this summer for more personal reflection.