"Stewardship," says the author, "is a faith; a humanistic way of life and living, with an Enlightenment emphasis upon the dignity of man." Two arguments follow: When jurists and professionals of all stripes take this to heart, we will have put into place the most powerful engine for human improvement. And then, "It is time to renew our Enlightenment vows, to revisit the marriage of responsibility with moral courage." Mr. Herrman definitely delivers the goods with a reliable method for achieving what might otherwise seem impossible despite our best intentions. Corporate officers no longer have so evident an excuse to avoid the specter of responsibility implied of stewardship. As he makes abundantly clear, stewardship can imply charity; it can take the form of philanthropy--but synonymous they are not. Stewardship starts at home; starts within and works outward, and is completed in making us complete.
Charles gives an overview of the book:
I was gloriously fortunate to be the protege of a recognized scientist from the age of thirteen. That was the seminal bright spot in a childhood pockmarked by serious autism that would in adulthood transmogrify into severe dyslexia and bipolar disease, for which I am on...