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The Road to Character

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David Brooks

Our society has shifted precariously toward success and self-obsession, leaving humility and the struggle for character behind. But life's greatest joys exist in being a more humble, loving person, not in a dream home or job. Pay attention to your conversations. Consider first the reason you want to share your thoughts on social media next time you are motivated to do so. Is your goal gratification or approval? Are you trying to prove your knowledge so that your peers will accept you? You might consider choosing humility over self-aggrandizement if you are inclined to share these underlying motives.

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The Road to Character highlights the societal emphasis on status, wealth, and fame over ethical values and struggles. Through these bites, you can discover ways to recover qualities like dedication, bravery, integrity, and compassion.

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Our society has shifted precariously toward success and self-obsession, leaving humility and the struggle for character behind. But life's greatest joys exist in being a more humble, loving person, not in a dream home or job. Pay attention to your conversations. Consider first the reason you want to share your thoughts on social media next time you are motivated to do so. Is your goal gratification or approval? Are you trying to prove your knowledge so that your peers will accept you? You might consider choosing humility over self-aggrandizement if you are inclined to share these underlying motives.

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Society now puts a great emphasis on extroversion, but this hasn't always been the case.

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Recently, reservedness and humility have been replaced by individual desires.

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We have lost touch with the moral values that bring us happiness and fulfillment in the modern world.

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The road to character begins with acknowledging that everyone has flaws.

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Pride must be put aside in order to walk the road to character.

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