How should we live? What kind of people should we be? What meaning is there in day-to-day life? What are the truly important things? We live in turbulent times. Torrents of information, fractured families, and poitically correct rhetoric color our understanding of each other and the world at large. We are sorely in need of a moral compass. In an impressive array of essays divided into four sections, Meilaender examines the human condition with keen eye and provides clear understanding of what we must do to live rightly. Morality is a thing that counts. We must have ethical standards, Meilaender says, even if we fail to meet them. Morals serve to keep us accountable. It is during crucial moments of life that our priorities, our understanding of truth, and our faith are refined. Mining the great works of philosophy, literature, and political theory, the author provides keen insight into the human condition. And on occasion he uses contemporary fiction and film to illustrate perennial issues and provides an ethic that ignores neither our humanity nor the thirst for rectitude.