Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet by Howard Gardner
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The second one is a wake-up call for the profession itself. The picture that Bill portrayed of journalism — where journalists still have ideals, but they feel that the conditions of work make it impossible to achieve those ideals — is a wake-up call for the profession. But the third kind of wake-up call, which none of us had in mind at all while writing the book, is a societal wake-up call.
These wake-up calls are typically the moments when people think again about questions that are easy to ignore: What do I want to be remembered for? But, in some ways, of course, this is the moment when we have a choice to revisit the fundamental values that most of us have learned from our parents and our culture. Over time, evolution does select certain values as being necessary for our civil society to survive.
We take them for granted, as we take good weather for granted and good air for granted. But when we see them threatened, we have to ask ourselves, What is it that makes life worth living? We are now in that position, and I hope we come up with a good answer. To make sure that poor people get justice, to make sure that people get well or get educated, to design excellent and beautiful products?
There is a value core to every profession. Number two is modeling.
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Whom do you admire? Whom would you would like to emulate? Who are the antimentors, the tormentors, the people who really give what you do a bad name? In journalism, we might talk about an Edward R.
Compare journalism, say, in the Gary Condit era to journalism in the September 11 era.
The Gary Condit era really showed us journalism at its worst. Let me give you a direct example of something that gets to what you are asking about. I was at a conference of academic psychologists shortly after September What do we contribute? I feel that my work is so out of touch with the things that are really important when an incident like this happens. These people were doing studies for the sake of studies, studies for the sake of getting tenure at universities.
Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet
This incredibly intelligent group of people could have been contributing so much more. In every realm, if you value our civilization, if you value our public life, if you value the good things in our life, most professions have the potential to contribute to the public good and to civilization. But for that to happen, you have to orient people around the right questions, the right tests. What kind of a person do I want to be?
Do I want to do the right thing? Or do I really just want to do what advances my career in the short term?