On Human Nature, Modesty and Civility: David Brooks

David Brooks writes as fine an op-ed as I’ve read this morning, and about what will be required for us to be more civil to each other and in our politics. It requires a constant acknowledgment of the weaknesses of our selves, our positions and our party. All fall short of the glory. So we all need each other until we are who we ought to be.

Reinhold Niebuhr put it best: “Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope. … Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.”

via Tree of Failure – NYTimes.com.


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