Moral Bucket List

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  • The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace. The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral
  • You lack a moral vocabulary. It is easy to slip into a self-satisfied moral mediocrity.
  • But all the people I’ve ever deeply admired are profoundly honest about their own weaknesses. They have identified their core sin
  • In the realm of the intellect, a person of character has achieved a settled philosophy about fundamental things. In the realm of emotion, she is embedded in a web of unconditional loves. In the realm of action, she is committed to tasks that can’t be completed in a single lifetime.
  • re: Dorothy Day: She made unshakable commitments in all directions. She became a Catholic, started a radical newspaper, opened settlement houses for the poor and lived among the poor, embracing shared poverty as a way to build community
  • All that matters is living up to the standard of excellence inherent in their craft.
  • But people on the road to inner light do not find their vocations by asking, what do I want from life? They ask, what is life asking of me? How can I match my intrinsic talent with one of the world’s deep needs?
  • The people on this road see the moments of suffering as pieces of a larger narrative. […] They see life as a moral drama and feel fulfilled only when they are enmeshed in a struggle on behalf of some ideal.

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