Ritual: Acknowledge Your Moral Exemplars

We do our best and most meaningful work when we have in mind the examples of great role models that have come before us. Above, in a fantastic talk filmed in 2009 called "Our Loss Of Wisdom," behavioral economist Barry Schwartz made the case that ethics aren't learned in the classroom, but instead by following the lead of moral exemplars who have made virtuous choices in whatever field they operate. And that following this path makes for the kind of social support that fosters success in a variety of pursuits, business or otherwise.

Reflecting on the virtuous work of those that we admire is a worthwhile endeavor. Take a few minutes to revisit an initiative that embodies moral wisdom, or start by simply identifying and acknowledging the people behind them.

Join the 11 others who have done so here on GOOD Magazine.


While rooting around the work of a few favorite thinkers I dug up a couple links that others might enjoy:

Michael Sandel is the philosopher responsible for the overwhelmingly popular Harvard class, Justice. His book of the same name resonated with me years ago, and I found this list of quick learnings in one of the Guardian's "This Much I Know" pieces: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/27/michael-sandel-this-much-i-know

Designer Frank Chimero is most known for his work in digital interactions, but his blog is full of wise self-reflection; an exploration in how to best interact with other humans. I revisited the piece that first caught my attention, which might be about pleasantness: http://frankchimero.com/blog/this-ones-for-me/

And finally, an iconically wise piece from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on humility: https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/475498663662587905