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What Does the Wall Street Journal Teach Us About Joy?–Part I

Probably not much.

Unless we look a little deeper. I found myself stuck on a delayed flight, desperately trying to get home, perusing a weekend edition of the WSJ (January 13-14, 2018). A headline struck me in a new way.

It was a Deidre McCloskey book review of Niall Ferguson’s new book, The Square and the Tower. But the headline was catchy–”The Great and the Good.” But the subtitle was even better: “Unless their decisions are rooted in ethics, neither governments nor corporations will be trusted.”

And I think you can stop right there. I’m sure the book by Niall Ferguson is good and that the review by Deidre is right on point. But the headline teaches us.

Isn’t it true for all of us? Unless we act in truth, honor, mercy, and love, is there really any good? When we act with compassion and generosity, our world becomes better. We live and experience joy. Indeed, so it calls us to action.

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About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. » Learn More. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously.

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