A Philosophy for Stumblers

Please read this. It’s by David Brooks. It’s worth your time. It might even validate and encourage your own stumbling, which is the only way to walk the path of possibility.

A few select quotes to invite you in:

“…all the people I’ve ever deeply admired are profoundly honest about their own weaknesses. They have identified their core sin, whether it is selfishness, the desperate need for approval, cowardice, hardheartedness or whatever. They have traced how that core sin leads to the behavior that makes them feel ashamed. They have achieved a profound humility, which has best been defined as an intense self-awareness from a position of other-centeredness.”

“The people on this road see the moments of suffering as pieces of a larger narrative. They are not really living for happiness, as it is conventionally defined. They see life as a moral drama and feel fulfilled only when they are enmeshed in a struggle on behalf of some ideal.”

“The stumbler doesn’t build her life by being better than others, but by being better than she used to be.”

DAVID BERRY is the founder of RULE13 Learning. He writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world, especially the parts where he doesn’t handle it very well. If you enjoyed this post someone else might, too. Please pass it along.

One thought on “A Philosophy for Stumblers

  1. David,

    I knew I read this quote or something similar. Here’s what I found in my notes:

    There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is being superior to your former self. – Ernest Hemingway

    Am enjoying your writing.

    Alden

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