169: The Quest for a Moral Life
Published June 27, 2019
51 min
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    Today we have David Brooks on the podcast. 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. He is the bestselling author of a number of books, including The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and AchievementThe New Upper Class and How They Got ThereThe Road to Character, and most recently, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life.

    In this episode we discuss:

    • The evolution of David’s thinking about character
    • The relationship between our commitments and our fulfillment in life
    • Brook’s criticism of self-actualization taken to the extreme
    • The four crises of our time
    • David’s current stance on reparations
    • Why David is a “border stalker”
    • How David reconciles the need for commitment with identity fluidity
    • Commitment vs. individualism
    • The importance of healthy transcendence
    • The enunciation moment
    • What we can do about the current political landscape
    • David’s thoughts on polyamory and the single life
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