Every once in a while, you come across individuals who make you feel better just for having encountered them. As David Brooks, puts it, “They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.”
Mr. Brooks drew inspiration from these encounters to write a new book, titled “The Road to Character.” In it, he challenges us to pay more attention to virtues that exist at the core of our being, like kindness, bravery, honesty or faithfulness. And he delves into the lives of 10 historical figures, from labor activist Frances Perkins to Christian thinker Augustine of Hippo, to explore character in some depth and how it can serve as a compass for life.
David Brooks is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and appears regularly on “PBS NewsHour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He teaches at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.