How Do You Live a Virtuous Life? David Brooks Weighs In.

Morning Joe, 4/14/15, 7:43 AM ET

David Brooks on living a more virtuous life

New York Times columnist David Brooks joins Morning Joe to discuss his new book ‘The Road to Character,’ which looks at how individuals have conquered weakness in their lives to become good.

Here’s an excerpt from David Brooks’ NYT Sunday column: The Moral Bucket List

A few years ago I realized that I wanted to be a bit more like those people. I realized that if I wanted to do that I was going to have to work harder to save my own soul. I was going to have to have the sort of moral adventures that produce that kind of goodness. I was going to have to be better at balancing my life.

It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love?

We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light. Many of us are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character.

 

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How Do You Live a Virtuous Life? David Brooks Weighs In.