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May 2015

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.


Wally Kennedy

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