The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series features David Brooks discussing his new book The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (Penguin Random House).
About The Second Mountain:
Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The bestselling author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.
In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He will share the story of how Weave: The Social Fabric Project at the Aspen Institute emerged from his journey across the US and its landscape of social isolation and division. He found a grassroots movement of people committed to reweaving this tattered social fabric by bringing their communities together to support and serve each other across difference.