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Human Goodness

Does true human goodness exists? Tuan thinks that human history is like human nature, a bleak black sky. However, the sky has bright stars. Quoting St. Francis of Assisi, "All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light from a single candle," the point of the book is to remind us of those bright stars--Simone Weil, Albert Schweitzer, Keats, Mozart, Confucius and Socrates (among many others). True, unselfish, geniune altruistic behavior may be hard to find, says Tuan, but the fact that it exists is incredible, transcendent, and inspiring. The author's saavy in diverse fields is impressive.

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Human Goodness

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Does true human goodness exists? Tuan thinks that human history is like human nature, a bleak black sky. However, the sky has bright stars. Quoting St. Francis of Assisi, "All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light from a single candle," the point of the book is to remind us of those bright stars--Simone Weil, Albert Schweitzer, Keats, Mozart, Confucius and Socrates (among many others). True, unselfish, geniune altruistic behavior may be hard to find, says Tuan, but the fact that it exists is incredible, transcendent, and inspiring. The author's saavy in diverse fields is impressive.

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human goodness
0299226700

Posted by Matt Smith at 01/10/2012 08:36:05 AM | 


Huh! Browsing one of my former libraries leads me to staff blogs and, surprisingly, you. Anyway, this post reminds me of the Friends episode in which Phoebe sets out to prove that she can perform a truly selfless act, with no reward in it for herself. In the end, she finds it difficult.

Info here: http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/evolution/unselfish-act.htm

Congrats on the gig, by the way.
Posted by: Elyse ( Email ) at 3/2/2012 1:19 PM


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