Michael J. Kerrigan



David Huer is a Canadian friend and the original of his review can be found at city moon.org.

I’ve been enjoying Michael Kerrigan’s book. After years of service in the US capital, Michael makes the restoration of civic virtue central to his life mission.

He has unlocked the challenge that all nations aspire to unlock, or claim to aspire thus. This is an inspiring book of examples for teachers of all nations; because it is the loss of civic virtue of each nation that ultimately damages our ability to have dialogue and conversation within each nation and its factions, and across each nation and alliance.

Dialogue moves us forward, and respect for each other – more than respect for rules – is key. What would Michael Kerrigan have us do? He asks us to ask How can civic virtue help us find our way back?

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Research shows that living a virtuous life leads to joy, happiness, and a more successful life. But don’t get confused.

There are three levels of happiness: The first level is physical pleasure. The things we touch, feel, or see could define this. The problem is that these things only last for a moment, like the food we eat.

The second level is ego-gratification, which comes from feeling good about ourselves. Examples are when we win at something or when people are fond of us. The problem is that focusing on ourselves to become powerful, popular, or better than others can lead to selfishness.

The third level focuses on the needs of others. When we try to become the best we are capable of becoming for others by growing in virtue, we begin to experience true, long-lasting happiness. The definition of virtue is a good habit done for others.

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Daniel Klaidman’s, excellent article to follow, asks the question whether a fine general really deserves such public humiliation? A great pal of The Character Building Project, fellow Commandant of the Naval Academy, Admiral Tom Lynch, who knows General Allen quite well, attest to Allen’s character and states General Allen was unfairly treated by the media. Enjoy Daniel Klaidman’s comprehensive article and see that Admiral Lynch is correct in assessing General Allen’s character as honorable, virtuous and brave.

Sometime this winter, sitting in his hooch in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen was reduced to calculating the simple, inescapable math of wartime separation. He’d been away from his wife and two daughters for more than 50 of the previous 72 months, most of it in war zones. According to an Allen aide, he hadn’t taken a vacation with his wife since their two daughters, now grown, were children.… Continue reading

The idealism held by the characters in Politics with Principle when they entered public life was not lost after winning high public office or their acquisition of power in their profession.  The measure of their success was not just winning or gaining power. A few were defeated or retired prematurely. Their successes were in the virtuous way they participated in public life. Continue reading

Wasn’t it just yesterday that the new administration promising hope and change in Washington had problems confirming cabinet officials because of irregularities in their tax returns? Who can forget about former Senator John Edwards adulterous escapades on the Presidential campaign trail, or the money Congressman Jefferson was hoarding in his freezer? What about the wild actions of the early ’90s that started off with tales of post office and banking schemes sprouting up right in Congress’s back yard? Mark Sanford has almost lost the governorship of South Carolina (and certainly a shot at the White House in 2012) because of his philandering and subsequent cover-up. Continue reading

In recent blogs, I have introduced our readers to two pals of mine, each prominent authors and consultants, namely: Robert Porter Lynch (see his “System of Trust” http://www.warrenco.com/) and Dr Paul Stoltz’s (www.peaklearning.com) Adversity Advantage  (see HBR http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2010/07/when_adversity_strikes_what_do.html) Continue reading

After listening to Father Frank Pavone’s Fourth of July homily, rather than focus on Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, as Peggy Noonan’s excellent column did this weekend, I decided to bring to your attention excerpts from Bishop Chaput’s wonderful book: “Render Unto Caesar.” Bishop Chaput explains why a Catholic like Charles Carroll of Maryland could sign the Declaration in spite limitations by the colonies on Catholics to practice their faith… Continue reading

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