Really beautiful piece from David Brooks about The Art of Presence in times of grief and tragedy. Take a few moments and read this today. :: New York Times

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"We all know why it exists, but the grade-point average is one of the more destructive elements in American education. Success is about being passionately good at one or two things, but students who want to get close to that 4.0 have to be prudentially balanced about every subject. In life we want independent thinking and risk-taking, but the G.P.A. system encourages students to be deferential and risk averse, giving their teachers what they want." ...

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David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? | TED Talk | TED.com

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TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

I seldom agree with David Brooks, but I enjoy his writing and relish his thoughts. He challenges me, usually. From what he has said about this book, I am sure I will like this. Can't wait to get to bookstore. The Road to Character

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Commencement speakers are always telling young people to follow their passions. Be true to yourself. This is a vision of life that begins with self and ends with self. 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?

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David Brooks on the Dangerous Division Between Reason and Emotion, Animated | Brain Pickings

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