Thoroughly Thursday - the "Do The Right Thing" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the "Do the Right Thing" edition. I've been in New Jersey for much of this last week, which was entirely different than I expected it. Aside from that, I've been thinking a lot about what it means to be a "good person". In First Grade, it seemed pretty straightforward: remember to share, eat your vegetables, listen to the teacher, and be home before dark. As an adult, it never seems quite that simple. However, don't lose hope, the world is actually getting to be a better place all the time.
What I'm Reading - Manliness To Make Your Grandfather Proud
After millennia as the top dog in the gender business, males are facing a bit of a reckoning. No longer the primary breadwinners, the hunters in the hunter-gatherer tribe, the strong in the strength versus nurture dynamic, modern men have been trying to figure out what it means to be “a man” in our current world. This week I decided to check out the book The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man which posits that we can bring the best qualities of gentlemanly behavior and adapt it for a modern society (the authors have a website of the same name). The book follows a format like modern classics like “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook” with short instructional vignettes that include “Shave Like Your Grandpa”, "Deliver a Baby in a Pinch", "Navigate Without a Compass", and "Exude Magnetic Charisma". You can imagine Jimmy Stewart or your grandfather reading much of it with a small smile of approval before adjusting his hat, holding the door for a lady, and going to fight some Nazis.
What I'm Listening to - The Slippery Slope of Do-Gooding
The Freakonomics podcast recently had an interesting episode called “Does Doing Good Give You License to Be Bad?” In it, they talked about how, generally, companies that practice corporate giving usually attract higher quality workers, which is awesome. However, what’s less great is that those individuals also have a tendency to steal more and cheat more than those who work for companies that don’t practice corporate giving. Strange, hunh? It's all about an interesting thing called "moral reasoning".
What I'm Watching - Finding Your Inner Mensch
Years ago, I saw the Israeli film the Human Resource Manager and have been thinking about it a lot lately. While waiting at the airport for my flight back to Los Angeles on Wednesday, I got to watch it again. The plot would take too long to explain, but it is safe to say that it is a road trip story with a group of eclectic characters, one of whom is in a coffin. Lead actor Mark Ivanir is amazing as the title character who tries to do the right thing even when he can't explain why.
What I'm Writing - Sometimes it's Best Not to Say Hi
My dog decided to try to make friends with a skunk that found itself in our backyard this last week. It went as well as you might expect.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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