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David Brooks: A Moral Journey

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Perennial CHF favorite David Brooks returns to Chicago to kick off our 25th anniversary celebration. He discusses his life story and what it takes to live a moral life. This program is presented as part of the annual Karla Scherer Endowed Lecture Series for the University of Chicago. This program was recorded on October 21, 2014 as part of the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival, Journeys: http://chf.to/2014Journeys See upcoming CHF events: http://chicagohumanities.org/ Help us subtitle and translate our videos: http://www.amara.org/en/profiles/videos/ChicagoHumanitiesFestival/ Follow CHF on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Chi_Humanities Like CHF on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chicagohumanities Subscribe to the CHF podcast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chicago-humanities-festival/id303222991 Help us caption & translate this video! http://amara.org/v/F1Iz/
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Richard B. Davis (2 years ago)
He's a good representative of the Jewish thinkers of today.
Alfred Lehmberg (3 years ago)
"Both sides" are a myth, Brooks has no memory of how astoundingly wrong he has been and conservatism is the last refuge of psychopaths and scoundrels... but I repeat myself.
Alfred Lehmberg (3 years ago)
+melvin the boxer dog Uh-huh... doesn't all that mouth-breathing dry out the nattering hole in your face? Don't laugh, it happened to Marco Rubio on National TV!
melvin the boxer dog (3 years ago)
only a sociopath would charge a conservative with being a psychopath. Of course, you are just one more liberal who thinks virtue was God-delivered to you exclusively.
Jeffery Lebowski (3 years ago)
Geez people still listen to this piece of shit neocon?
wotan237 (3 years ago)
Brooks, liberal enabler and fake conservative.
wotan237 (3 years ago)
+Alfred Lehmberg Nader did not cost Gore the election- corruption inside Florida, but Ive already explained that to you, look it up. Plus, Gore simply gave up, he wimped out, called it off, when he should have continued to challenge the re count, and ultimately a Supreme Court decision was rendered, a total embarrassment.  Some kind of hero, huh? We got Gored.
Alfred Lehmberg (3 years ago)
+wotan237 Oh, don't misunderstand! Your man had every _right_ to run for President. Full stop! ...And without regard to *cost*, eh? Where's it writ large that he has to have an ounce of concern for the aftermath of his decisions? The unending war caused. Families ultimately put out onto the street. People dying a result of the medical care they couldn't afford... the non-living wages paid... the roll-backs of social gains of the last 70 years... in the tank neocons on the Supreme Court... tea-baggers festering for a mixture of Church and State (I guess because it's worked so well everywhere it's tried)... you know, life needlessly cemented in Shakespeare's thousand natural shocks! Way to go, Ralph! Way to subvert the better way things _might_ be to prosecute for things as _you'd_ have them! Were I Ralph Nader I suspect I'd have to break all the mirrors in my house and go outside only with my _head_ bagged.
wotan237 (3 years ago)
+Alfred Lehmberg Again, it goes to the issue, can a person run for president or not? No one is under any obligation to back one of the two corporate controlled parties. 
Alfred Lehmberg (3 years ago)
+wotan237 Coal to Newcastle I know, but Nader once said that "Things have to get a lot worse before they can get any better." Seems like he facilitated a prosecution for every bit of _that_! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-zuesse/ralph-nader-was-indispens_b_4235065.html
Alfred Lehmberg (3 years ago)
+wotan237 Wow! You _are_ a moron! Did you read _that_? See, an excised Nader from the political equation means no need for worrying about "hanging chads" or "disenfranchised voters" victimized by craven Repug bigots. Gore would have won in a proverbial walk. See how that works, Skippy?
B. Terence Harwick (3 years ago)
David Brooks articulates how we live today in a culture -- too often locally as well as globally -- that emphasizes "resume virtues" rather than "eulogy virtues." Our vocabulary is rather full in its use of utilitarian or economic logic. Yet we've suffered loss of capacity to articulate the concrete inversions and paradoxes of experience, invariably confronted in pursuing a moral journey of life. He notes a recent loss of language in today's environment that makes this recovery more challenging in ways that we can communicate. In citing ancient and modern examples, Brooks suggests that sustainable pursuit of life involves an epistemological modesty -- as Kenneth Burke so long ago advocated -- as opposed to being wed to one or more methodologies of learning -- irrespective of who is advocating a preferred method for inquiry alone. It would seem that for Kenneth Burke, David Brooks, and some others, life is greater than any set of social expectations and is larger than categories through which we invariably approach life at any given moment of time. From this standpoint, learning is an unfolding process in learning with others involving humility rather than learning or knowledge conceived as a fixed object, grasped with pride, imposed upon others. Fortunately and unfortunately, the approach one adopts to learning about realities in life, internally and externally, has consequences for others, at micro and macro scales of action. The speaker identifies a set of commonalities which anyone may enact, across formal institutions and across time, that he finds meaningful in seeking an open and full-bodied approach to life.
Anti Hypocrite (3 years ago)
David Brooks is a wealthy guy and he doesn't want a fair share in taxes because he is to corporatist democrat that doesn't care a bout with common people and he is just trying to use reverse psychology can do confuse the people and the only thing that he is doing is insulting is own intelligence because the common American people are way more intelligent than he will ever be.

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