Restoring Character in America was the hardest of my books to publish. The first book, Politics with Principle was written from my 30 plus years of experience as a Washington Lobbyists. The second, Courage in America was a natural outcome of gaining the trust of the wounded warriors and just guiding them on their story of successful rehabilitation.
The idea of Restoring Character in America did not come easily to me. I read endless books, articles, and visited numerous web sites on several character related topics. Initially my plan was to write a book about our law enforcement heroes. I thought this would be a logical extension of the heroic qualities of the wounded warriors I knew. I had already reported on the wounded warriors traumatic loss, their vulnerability in rehabilitation, then their comeback, the final triumph of successful rehabilitation and transition to civilian life.
In my opinion, our country… Continue reading
Recently, I asked my friend and author of The Heroic Heart, Tod Lindberg, how the study of heroism might lead to the development of character, leadership and other virtues? Here is Tod’s answer…
I think one of he most useful aspects of the lens of heroism is that it draws people in to broader topics. For instance, it’s one thing to hear a lecture on how Rome established a Republic. It’s another thing altogether, far more vivid, to tell the story of Lucretia and her suicide to prove her accusation of rape against the son of the Roman king, leading to the fall of the monarchy. Likewise, in discussing political order and the danger of disruption, the personal story of Julius Caesar, or of the row between Agamemnon and Achilles, brings the subject to life, especially for students, who are often the victims these days of very dry,… Continue reading
Later I learned to be more critical in reading the books I started. Now I do not necessarily read either the entire book or read the book in the chronological order. Once such book is The Lucifer Effect (TLE.)
While the TLE read is challenging and worthwhile, soon I tired of learning how easily we humans have potential for evil. While, the author Philip Zimbardo is highly accomplished psychologist, his left ward political perspective, so common in academe, became even more tiresome.
Before giving up on completing TLE,… Continue reading