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Table Of Contents

1 CHARACTER
Paris
A Little Help
Mistaken for French
Ma’am
The Old Couple
Respect for One’s Elders
Incivility
Confucius and the Rules of Propriety
Spin
De Tocqueville and Lawyers
The Backpack
Politically Incorrect
O-Rings And The Reality Check
Our Litigious Society
Politics and Sexgate
Problem Solving, Healthcare Debate, and Spin
The Burglar
Worb Water
Substance Abuse and Psychological Health
The Character Ideal
5 LABOR
Heroes and Our Better Angels
Coaching
AAU Basketball
John Wooden
Benjamin Franklin
Law School
The Process of Assimilation
Keyserling On Understanding
John Locke
6 INDEPENDENCE
My Parents and Mariner High School
My Wife
Stanford
Abraham Maslow
UMASS Amherst
Jefferson and Truman
Farming and Independence
7 HEROES AND COURAGE
Papa Hyman
My Big Sister Gwen
Legacy
Luke
Transplants
The Family Business
The Natural
John Adams
8 FAITH, OPTIMISM AND HOPE
Swearing-in
Charles Hamilton Houston
The Lawyer As Social Engineer
Faith, the Impossible and the Baby Prosecutor
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
9 HONESTY AND TRUTH
My Dad On Lying
Honest Abe
The Address
Abraham Lincoln
Health, Truth and Delusion
10 THE IDEAL OF RESPONSIBILITY
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Fourth Grade Event
Gemeinschaftsgefuhl
Mourning President Kennedy
The Inauguration
Vice President Dick Cheney
The Call To Service
The Mission Concept
The Concept of Dharma
The Bhagavad Gita
Yoga
12 INSIGHT AND THE PROCESS OF ASSIMILATION
Insight
The Light Bulb Experience
The Nature Of Problem Solving
Synthesis
The Light of Intuition
Patanjali on the Light
Wisdom Comes With Age
The Aim of Education
Interconnectedness
The Problem of Unity
Reaching for the Light
The Essential Idea
Index
EPILOGUE
The Unity Pledge
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
END NOTES
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The Tao of Public Service

The Tao of Public Service

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As a little one, hearing JFK speak for the first time made me want to be just like him. For some reason, his words went straight to my heart, filling my heart with something wonderful.

It is a feeling that I later came to understand as a desire to serve—to pursue a life of public service.

My desire was for this ideal. These feelings have taken me on a long and tortuous journey.

I have been a public servant most of my life. I have gone from a poor little black child, laborer, contractor, and teacher, to politician, lawyer, and judge. But strangely enough, my journey did not end there.

My journey did not end with political success.

Strangely enough, I discovered that my desire and my ideal meant something deeper and even more wonderful. I discovered that it meant something above and beyond politics—something for everyone.

I discovered something good for every single person: the ideal life, a life of true purpose.

Not something for the far-distant future, but something that can be achieved in the here and now. And I want to share my experiences of this process (the Tao) with you.
As a little one, hearing JFK speak for the first time made me want to be just like him. For some reason, his words went straight to my heart, filling my heart with something wonderful.

It is a feeling that I later came to understand as a desire to serve—to pursue a life of public service.

My desire was for this ideal. These feelings have taken me on a long and tortuous journey.

I have been a public servant most of my life. I have gone from a poor little black child, laborer, contractor, and teacher, to politician, lawyer, and judge. But strangely enough, my journey did not end there.

My journey did not end with political success.

Strangely enough, I discovered that my desire and my ideal meant something deeper and even more wonderful. I discovered that it meant something above and beyond politics—something for everyone.

I discovered something good for every single person: the ideal life, a life of true purpose.

Not something for the far-distant future, but something that can be achieved in the here and now. And I want to share my experiences of this process (the Tao) with you.

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