David Brooks is an Op-Ed columnist and the author, most recently, of “The Road to Character,” from which this essay is adapted.
“It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral — whether you were kind, brave, honest or faithful. Were you capable of deep love?
We all know that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé ones. But our culture and our educational systems spend more time teaching the skills and strategies you need for career success than the qualities you need to radiate that sort of inner light. Many of us are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build inner character.”
Click above for the full NYT’s article. A really thought-provoking read. The term “unconscious boredom” really resonated with me. This is an actual place many of us call home, perhaps without even realizing it.