Friday, April 17, 2015

And if I ever go looking for a concrete moral vocabulary again

I won't go any further than my own back yard, because if it isn't there, um, then it's probably in the storm cellar or someplace. Or maybe I left it in the office.

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From the introduction to The Road to Character:

You could try looking for a job where you're expected not to be a narcissistic blowhard, or present yourself as an authority on things you don't know anything about, you know. Or retire, and cultivate your garden. That might be a place to start, with the moral aspiration. The guy who's unaware of being a narcissistic blowhard is bad enough; the one who has a clear, though congenitally shallow, recognition of it, but goes on doing it because that's where the money is, doesn't need to go chasing after Samuel Johnson and Dorothy Day, he's got plenty of work to do at home.

Shallowness is an inherited trait? Get that from Charles Murray? Blaming your parents?

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