In a sensible world, we’d be supported in being decent to self, others and the world. But – sadly, remarkably – our culture does the opposite. With its relentless push to make money and get ahead, decency to self is an afterthought; existing, mostly, at the margins of our lives. And with exploitative, “what can you do for me” mindsets the norm, decency to others and the world are equally absent.
In Radical Decency: A Values-Based Approach to a Better Life and World, Jeff Garson offers an inspiring alternative: A life based on “decency” – respect, understanding, empathy, acceptance, appreciation, fairness and justice – which when practiced “radically” – at all times and in every area of living – has a fighting chance of becoming our new default setting in life.
But the key to the book’s power is the crucial missing link that Jeff provides: A detailed roadmap for actually get from “here” (our relentlessly demanding, compete-to-win world) to our hoped-for, radically decent “there” – with family and friends, at work, in politics, in our communal engagements and, crucially, in how we treat ourselves.
Fueled by tough minded but hopeful realism, Radical Decency is written for anyone who is serious about pursuing meaningful change in their life – and in the world.