June 15, 2019
Should You Be True To Yourself and Other Small Integrity Questions
The May-June issue of Spirituality and Health Magazine featured a review of Stu Brody's book, The Law of Small Things, Creating a Habit of Integrity in a Culture of Mistrust, which included excerpts of two of the book's chapters.
In the first piece, Should You be True to Yourself? And if so, who made “thine own self” the center of the moral universe?, Brody discusses why breezy prescriptions for "doing the right thing", like “It’s something you just know,” “Trust your gut,” “To thine own self be true,” “Follow your true north,” and even the Golden Rule, are not helpful in guiding our conduct because they place too much faith in intuition.
In the second piece. Is It OK to Hog a Table at Starbucks? A closer look at a small thing so many of us do, Brody discusses why civility is an implied promise to interact with others, including strangers, in a way that demonstrates commitment to mutual well-being.