The Moral Peril of Meritocracy

“Many of the people I admire lead lives that have a two-mountain shape.

If the first mountain is about building up the ego and defining the self, the second is about shedding the ego and dissolving the self. If the first mountain is about acquisition, the second mountain is about contribution.

Over the past few decades the individual, the self, has been at the center. The second-mountain people are leading us toward a culture that puts relationships at the center. They ask us to measure our lives by the quality of our attachments, to see that life is a qualitative endeavor, not a quantitative one. They ask us to see others at their full depths, and not just as a stereotype, and to have the courage to lead with vulnerability. These second-mountain people are leading us into a new culture. Culture change happens when a small group of people find a better way to live and the rest of us copy them. These second-mountain people have found it.”

This article by David Brooks took my breath away. Please take a few minutes to read.

4 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Fantastic article! Thank you for sharing :)

  2. I’m glad this stuff is getting out there. It is a comfort to those of us who were never interested in the first mountain.

  3. Fantastic source of information as always, I have been reading Swiss Miss for several years now. Your really are a ‘Go Back To’ phenomenon!

    Thank you

    Olivia (UK)

  4. Mesmerised by these words… thank you for sharing ?