David Brooks and Answering the Call to Goodness

David Brooks speaking

“The soul yearns for goodness. I’ve covered wars, met people who committed genocide, covered criminals; I’ve never met anybody who didn’t want to be good. Every single person wants to lead a good life, and even if they do horrible things they always invent some rationalization to explain why it was actually good. And what the soul yearns for is service to some transcendent ideal.”

+ David Brooks and Anne Snyder explore stories of institutions and moral ecologies that foster positive character formation.

+ David Brooks, a New York Times columnist and author of The Road to Character, reflects on his Jewish childhood in New York City, the resonance between Jewish and Christian conceptions of goodness, and the role of desire in faith, moral formation, and higher education.