“The Moral Bucket List”

“The Moral Bucket List” by David Brooks

“About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light… They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do their laugh is musical and their manner is infused with gratitude. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at at all.”

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“…All the people I’ve ever deeply admired are profoundly honest about their own weaknesses. They have identified their core sin, whether it is selfishness, the desperate need for approval, cowardice, hardheartedness or whatever. They have traced how that core sin leads to the behavior that makes them feel ashamed. They have achieved a profound humility, which has best been defined as an intense self-awareness from a position of other-centeredness.”

 

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