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Peter Georgescu on Good and Evil

Monday, January 28, 2013

Peter Georgescu tells of his journey from childhood captivity in a Romanian labor camp to his role as CEO of the world-renowned advertising agency Young & Rubicam. His traumatic youth led to a lifelong struggle to understand humanity's moral nature. His book The Constant Choice: An Everyday Journey From Evil Toward Good is a reflection on human behavior and an exploration of how we choose to do good or evil every day.

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Peter Georgescu

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Comments [12]

interesting life story, thanks!

Jan. 29 2013 09:10 PM
Peter Talbot from Harrison, NJ

Maudlin self-aggrandizing drivel colored with Romanian terror. The idea that this facile servant of, at best, amoral masters should be consulted regarding ethics is puerile nonsense, though it is funny to hear that the Spin doctors' spin doctor should believe so fervently in his own inate ability to perceive, implement or evaluate the "good". Of course he's New Agey. He's an ubermensch like all unreflective humanists.

Who shall we say doth love us best?

Jan. 29 2013 01:58 PM
Miriam Laskin from Woodside

This is just to remind you that "mea culpa" doesn't mean "I'm sorry." It means, "my fault" or "I'm to blame." And as we know, saying that something is your fault is not saying you're sorry.

Jan. 28 2013 01:40 PM
Stella from downtown

PS> Stop comparing Leonard to Charlie Rose!

Jan. 28 2013 12:43 PM
April from Manhattan

Leonard, please ask him about his mystical experiences. Why is doing so forbidden? I'm an atheist mystic. Have visions all the time. From AlL religions. HIs comments about Africa sounded a bit racist. Though the first things humans invented were weapons and makeup.

Jan. 28 2013 12:41 PM
Stella from downtown

Thanks for such a wonderful interview! If other listeners are trying to understand the journey from good to evil (and back again) - and interested in the abandonment of the Jews (and Eastern Europe) during WW II - they might find these books enlightening: THE HEALING WOUND and INTO THAT DARKNESS by Gitta Sereny, Tim Snyder's BLOODLANDS, THE MESSENGER, a novel about Jan Karski by Yannick Haenel and Katie Marton’s ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE.

Jan. 28 2013 12:40 PM
Tony from Canarsie

This is a puff piece better suited for Charlie Rose's show.

Please ask your guest about Young & Rubicam's work for Philip Morris to convince the public that second-hand smoke is harmless.

Jan. 28 2013 12:39 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

For what it's worth, my mother's life was saved by true Christians, who were prepared to risk their own lives to save 5 Jews, one of which died in that hole in the ground for over 18 months. There is no question in my mind that their absolute Christian faith is what prompted them to take that risk in Poland.

Jan. 28 2013 12:38 PM
Yiorgo from Astoria

My wife is Romanian. Ive been there a three times since we married.
I wasnt expecting much the first time i went. But i was extremely surprised at how rich Romania's history was before communism and how beautiful the Carpathians are. It was called 'The Paris of the East' for a reason.

Communism was a plague that placed a darkness over this country that affected the people physically and emotionally in a way they are still trying to get over. I cant wait till the day they do.

Jan. 28 2013 12:30 PM
John A

Does the man have examples of where Amorality is amplified by Advertising, where the two feed on each other?

Jan. 28 2013 12:24 PM
Linda

Would be interesting to hear his opinion of current gun debate with his early experience.

Jan. 28 2013 12:22 PM
John A

Thumbnail summary of morality in the last 40 years:
70's: Let's try a "New Morality". What could possibly happen?
2008: World Economy threatened by an unveiled "Moral Hazard"
Nobody today seems to be asking the "was it always thus?" question.
So I'm thankful for this new book.

Jan. 28 2013 12:10 PM

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