On the recommendation of a friend, I just started reading John Bradshaw’s book, Reclaiming Virtue, and may I say that it’s such a relief after wading through the casual cruelty and skim-the-surface rigidity of Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape.
I haven’t finished the Bradshaw yet, so I reserve judgment. However, the first thing that took my breath away was the fact that Bradshaw admitted to his own frailties. He recounted his own foibles and even his shocking mistakes. (Harris never seems to be uncertain about a thing or to admit to ever being in error.) Bradshaw also bravely leaps into the problem of the human psyche.
For a while now I’ve had the suspicion that all the moral codes, ethical systems, religious pronouncements and scientific studies in the world won’t help us wacked out humans find goodness if don’t learn how to navigate our own minds. In other words, we can know what’s right and still do wrong. Our psyche also can make it impossible for us to see what’s right. Anything that supposedly cultivates goodness while ignoring our emotional facts of life may well be a quick trip to evil. I suspect that no amount of will power or prayer can change that fact. I’m curious to see how Bradshaw resolves that dilemma.
Stay tuned for my review. If you’re interested in buying Bradshaw’s book and providing financial support for my search for goodness, visit Amazon.com. Click here: Reclaiming Virtue: How We Can Develop the Moral Intelligence to Do the Right Thing at the Right Time for the Right Reason