The Road to Character

The Road to Character
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Published: 2016-04-26
The No. 1 New York Times bestseller on the secret to leading a good life We live in a Big Me culture: universities and businesses alike reward goal-oriented superstars and those who self-promote are most likely to thrive. But what does this say about us? David Brooks argues that our hunger for wealth and status is eroding our ability to create meaningful inner lives. To show us how to live better, he looks at people…

As a passionate reader always looking for life-changing literature, I recently delved into David Brooks ‘The Road to Character,’ it was nothing short of a transformative experience. The book challenges the modern obsession with ‘résumé virtues’ — the achievements and successes we boast about — and instead urges a focus on ‘eulogy virtues’ — the more profound, moral qualities that define our character.

Brooks masterfully weaves the narratives of various historical figures, each embodying a profound journey from self-centred ambitions to selfless moral convictions. Frances Perkins, for instance, whose life was dramatically altered by the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, embodies a transition from personal success to societal contribution. Her story and others like Eisenhower and Dorothy Day illustrate the profound impact of prioritizing moral values over personal gain.

Each character in the book, from civil rights leaders to writers, showcases the struggle and triumph in developing a strong moral compass. As someone who often grapples with the balance between personal achievement and ethical living, I found these stories relatable and inspiring.

‘The Road to Character’ reflects our profound moral dilemmas and aspirations. It urges us to look beyond our achievements and consider the legacy of our character. Brooks doesn’t just guide us to better living and he provides a compass for a well-lived life. I highly recommend this to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of what truly matters in life.

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