May 3, 2019
MBL Minute: Investments In Human Capital And Books
Investments in Human Capital
Our human biology and the societal institutions we have created are not equipped to handle the time in which we live. The rate of technological and social changes we now face would be incomprehensible to previous generations. We are at a tipping point in our history. These changes are happening so fast, and are so profound, that every aspect of our society is being transformed, from our bodies and families to our businesses, governments and economies.
The following is a quote from The Art of Living, by Epictetus. He was a Greek Stoic philosopher, born 50AD and died at the age of 85 in 135AD.
“Don’t just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are training weights of the mind. They are very helpful but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents.”
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