- Tue, Apr 5, 2016
When I was young, Castro and Cuba were malicious franchisees of the Evil Empire. Those of us who went through "duck and cover" school drills in preparation for an atomic bomb recall the vitriol which freely flowed across the Straits of Florida. Havana represented a real and present danger to the US.
(By the way, I always thought it funny that ducking and covering would be a sufficient tactic to surviving an atomic bomb. If you want a glimpse at the past, you'll enjoy this piece of propaganda history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=120wGLgCTkg)
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- Fri, Jan 8, 2016
In David Brooks' excellent new book, The Road to Character, the author begins by pointing out the difference between "résumé virtues" and "eulogy virtues."
In my simplified words, "résumé virtues" are those you earn through success in life: business, education, skills, associations and awards. They go on your vitae: PhD's, sale of a startup business, salesman-of-the-year certificates. Professional experience.
But in contrast, "eulogy virtues" are those endearing characteristics of life which are repeated in memorial services. The core of who a person is. The admirable traits. So often, someone who is less than likeable, is universally thought ...