How can we lead richer and more substantive inner lives? According to David Brooks, our culture focuses on accumulating power, material wealth, and professional achievements instead of cultivating the kinds of qualities that will be discussed at our funerals—we emphasize “resume” over “eulogy” virtues. In contrast, a person of deep character has certain qualities, from conviction about their world views to intellect and unconditional love. But how does one build these qualities? Who are the moral geniuses of history and what did they learn from the world around them? Are some cultures better at nurturing inner depth than others? Join The Chicago Council and David Brooks for a discussion on the global sources of depth and character.
Brooks’ most recent book The Road to Character: The Humble Journey to an Excellent Life will be available for purchase and signing from The Book Stall following the program.