Rooted in Decency, Book on common decency and shared values

Rooted in Decency

Finding inner peace in a world gone sideways

What happened to common decency? ... And how do we move forward to cooperation and kindness?

Take a quick scan of the headlines and… wow. From disrespect to deceptions, it’s easy to question whether indecency has taken root in our society. Some people are doing what they think is “right” while others think it’s terribly, morally “wrong.” It can make you wonder, Do we even share common values anymore?

Why we're feeling unstable and how to correct it

Rooted in Decency reveals some surprising reasons behind why people are acting so divisively toward each other and why that can make life feel so off-balance. Each chapter offers “a-ha” insights that

— guide readers to better understand how the current culture may be affecting them personally

— help us make sense of how other people are acting

— identify the core values that create inner peace, even when the world seems so unstable.

Approachable, conversational tone

While it’s based on intriguing research from modern science to ancient moral philosophy, Rooted in Decency is written in straightforward language for a busy audience. Each book chapter is a short conversation that presents brilliant insights—from neuroscience to happiness science, from Aristotle to Buddha—that bring new light to today’s moral dilemmas.

Find intriguing discussions like:

  • Why people are so willing to believe lies
  • How happiness is tied to self-respect
  • Which core values the world’s major religions have in common
  • Why you can’t shame someone into agreeing with you

Clarify your core values and next steps

Taken alone, each chapter offers new perspectives and actionable next steps that can change the tone of how we relate to each other. Or, journey through all the chapters to clarify your core values and develop a modern moral compass that can help move people move forward toward a life that’s rooted in decency.

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Brief Chapters with Journaling

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Each short chapter in Rooted in Decency offers surprising nuggets of wisdom that can help shed new light on today’s moral issues.

Plus, optional journaling pages throughout the book help you explore your own experiences, if you choose.

Printable Journaling Pages

Bringing nuance back into moral decisions

With all the extremes in how people approach life today, we often look at big issues with an over-simplified view of our options. But moral decisions are rarely all-or-nothing choices. Life is full of nuance so the way we think through what’s right and wrong should be also.

Take truth telling for example. Sometimes, a polite lie is the right thing to do. But where’s the line between white lies and deception? Or looking at responsibility—often it’s a matter of when we should intervene, how much, and in what way.

Tools for defining right and wrong

With all the divisiveness in our culture today, we need to reset our common understanding of right, wrong, and all the shades of gray in between if we’re going to find reasonable solutions to complex moral dilemmas.

Part Three of the book, Rooted in Decency, walks through how to create a modern moral compass that we can use to talk about issues more productively with each other. We’ll view contentious issues through a new lens that can bridge our divides and help us find a shared set of values that can guide our society back to being rooted in decency.

Rooted in Decency Moral Compass and Value Continuums

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