I have written a new book—one I didn’t plan to write, but which emerged as we responded to the economic crisis that has gripped the nation and the world. I wrote it as a tract for the times, and it’s titled Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street—A Moral Compass for the New Economy.
The book is about the moral recovery that must accompany the economic recovery. It suggests that we must not go back to business as usual, but instead need a “new normal.” It is about the values questions that are at the heart of how we got into this crisis, and that are critical to getting us out of it. It describes the new maxims that overtook us, such as “greed is good,” “it’s all about me,” and “I want it now”—values that wreck economies, cultures, families, and even our souls. Instead it calls for a return to new/old virtues, such as “enough is enough,” “we’re in it together,” and evaluating our decisions by their impact on the seventh generation out.