Monday, September 1, 2014

Mental virtues

This is a guest post from Michele Manos (

Need something inspiring and sensible to read? Take a look at David Brooks' recent column "The Mental Virtues." This stellar piece outlines and refines concepts from the book “Intellectual Virtues,” by Robert C. Roberts and W. Jay Wood. Virtuosity is posed as a delicate blend of learning, courage, firmness, humility, autonomy, and generosity.

Brooks' concise essay should be required reading for all elected and campaigning officials. Imagine a government where all strove for virtuous decision-making and truly thoughtful communication. As Brooks concludes, "wisdom isn’t a body of information. It’s the moral quality of knowing how to handle your own limitations."  Amen.

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