David Brooks, NY Times Op-Ed columnist, stirred up a lot if interest with his column last week entitled, “The Moral Bucket List”. He tried to come up with a list of qualities that moral giants possessed–people whom he describes as having a powerful inner light that radiates out into the world, making us all feel good.
We admire these people. We want to be like them. Among the qualities that he came up with to describe these morally evolved beings were humility, generosity of spirit, depth of character. These “good people” were good at relationships, good at loving, good at embracing one’s “weaknesses.” They were people with a calling—deriving meaning from something bigger than themselves. They were more than comfortable with being in service to others. No narcissism in these folks.