This is one of the most positive findings that he came across when researching his book, Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People. He documented the stories of those who chose to “break ranks” and dissent from the norm because they felt morally inclined to take a stand. The book, Press says in the interview, is all about choices. And hard choices with very real consequences, at that. While the people who refuse to indulge in morally unconscionable acts are often in the minority—they are vitally important all the same. These people remind us that conformity is not the only choice, Press says. They remind us that we do have a choice and that there are always people who will fight for what's right.
An award-winning writer, Press has extensively covered the way that morality and politics intersect and the role that conscience and morality play in the way we live. Providing concrete examples of acts of dissent throughout history, Press gives keynotes that cut to the core of one of the most pervasive parts of the human experience. His topics are relevant and eye-opening and leave audiences wondering how strong their own moral compasses are—and whether they would stray from their path in the face of opposition.