So, I guess today is going to be Chronicle Day, because over the past week, I’ve found some great stuff in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and I thought, “Why not do a day featuring nothing but stories from the Chronicle with each post featuring a different story?”
I could not come up with a reason not to, and so here we are.
THIS ONE, called, “What Are You Going To Do With That?” is my favorite of the lot. And not just because it has this sentence (which I am going to try to use in every one of my classes next week at some point as a personal challenge):
“Hey, my dad’s a smart guy, but all he talks about is money and livers.”
It also has this:
Moral imagination is hard, and it’s hard in a completely different way than the hard things you’re used to doing. And not only that, it’s not enough. If you’re going to invent your own life, if you’re going to be truly autonomous, you also need courage: moral courage. The courage to act on your values in the face of what everyone’s going to say and do to try to make you change your mind. Because they’re not going to like it. Morally courageous individuals tend to make the people around them very uncomfortable. They don’t fit in with everybody else’s ideas about the way the world is supposed to work, and still worse, they make them feel insecure about the choices that they themselves have made—or failed to make. People don’t mind being in prison as long as no one else is free. But stage a jailbreak, and everybody else freaks out.
If you don’t read any of the rest, read this one. Comments, too.