I’ve just started reading “The Road to Character” by David Brooks (New York Times bestselling author) and I have to say that I’m barely through the introduction and already have found another book reference that makes me want to read it, and several quote worthy entries.
The quoted book: “Lonely Man of Faith” written by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik in 1966 in which he writes about our two sets of virtues: Adam I and Adam II. Adam I is the career-oriented, ambitious side of our nature. Adam II is the internal Adam who wants to have a serene inner character, a quiet but solid sense of right and wrong–not only to do good, but to be good. Adam II wants to love intimately, to sacrifice self in the service of others, to live in obedience to some transcendent truth, to have a cohesive inner soul that honors creation and one’s own possibilities.
David Brook’s book, “The Road to Character” is about Adam II. It’s about cultivating (one of my favorite words) a strong character and wise heart. He says he wrote it to save his own soul. I’m in.
I started this blog to tell you about a quote quoted from an email so I guess you could say that this is a quote from a quote from a quote. An email sent from Dave Jolly to David Brooks says (and I quote) “The heart cannot be taught in a classroom intellectually, to students mechanically taking notes … Good, wise hearts are obtained through lifetimes of diligent effort to dig deeply within and heal lifetimes of scars…It has to be discovered within the depths of one’s own heart when a person is finally ready to go looking for it, and not before.” Bold, italics mine.
Heart: take note!!!