David Brooks wrote an interesting column in today’s New York Times about the rise of moral individualism, where the family, religion and culture are being replaced by the “free-floating individual as the essential moral unit.” I read this the same day as my wife and I spent a very special time with her mother, going back to her summer island home in Maine. (See Memories from Kineo).
I believe that genealogy is a great tool to help us place our lives in focus. It steers us away from thinking it’s all about us. I always feel profound respect for the courageous sacrifices that our ancestors made that set the table so bountifully for our journeys today. No, they were not perfect. But then, neither are we. Now that I am a grandparent, I also think about the choices I make and those we collectively embrace that will impact generations to follow.
Here’s to Genealogy – helping us to keep our focus and our balance!