A few weeks ago I decided to take a break from novels and explore more works of non-fiction. Through Bill Gates (gatesnotes) I came across "The Road to Character" by David Brooks. The central thesis of this book is its characterization of human nature, as divided into Adam I and Adam II. Adam I is out to build his resume and his profile, to achieve great personal success. Adam II wishes to develop and embody great moral qualities, to develop character, to be self sacrificial and to serve mankind by being totally subservient to Community, and to a higher truth.
Brook uses a series of historical figures who exemplify Adam II, and contrasts them, and the age in which they lived, to our current culture of Adam I. Today, we are single-mindedly focused on building our resumes and profiles, our personal brand. We do this to get that perfect job, to get into that social circle, to be able to live in that certain community. But this comes with a darker side. We have a tendency to now brag about our every achievement, our travels, our possessions, and our academic achievements. We embellish and self-aggrandize to seem more accomplished than we are, use filters to improve our selfies to appear more beautiful than we are, all in a relentless search for attention, and our insatiable appetite for likes. Brook's fear is that in this age of narcissists, honed by a culture of narcissism, it may become harder for us to produce the heroes, Adam IIs, we so badly need today. I neither agree not disagree, but I am yet to work out my own thoughts on this subject. Take a read and let me know what you think. #davidbrooks #theroadtocharacter #readersofig #readersofinstagram #goodreads #goodbooks