Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What is asked of us

Yesterday's must read column by David Brooks.  The true essence of those "old values" that Obama talked about last Tuesday.  Money quote:
We are defined by what life asks of us. As we go through life, we travel through institutions — first family and school, then the institutions of a profession or a craft.

Each of these institutions comes with certain rules and obligations that tell us how to do what we’re supposed to do. Journalism imposes habits that help reporters keep a mental distance from those they cover. Scientists have obligations to the community of researchers. In the process of absorbing the rules of the institutions we inhabit, we become who we are.