While this week’s reading list doesn’t have a central them, I want to highlight the NY Times story on the Decline of Men.
We are seeing a great shift in the economy that hits the poor and middle class no matter their skin color, creed, orientation, and gender. While previous economic revolutions have created a multitude of jobs that required minimal education and provided healthy on the job training. This next economic shift will create a new class of jobs that will require a skillset that most Americans are lacking or don’t have the necessary resources or will to obtain. So far many have been left behind and this will only get worse as the pace of automation intensifies. Although I’m an optimist, I believe this problem will be the number one issue facing our society. If we don’t address those are being left behind it will have negative ramifications for our world.
“In a 2016 paper, David Autor, an economist at M.I.T., and four co-authors, measured academic and economic outcomes of brothers and sisters in Florida born in the decade between 1992 and 2002.
For boys and girls raised in two-parent households, there were only modest differences between the sexes in terms of success at school, and boys tended to earn more than their sisters in early adulthood.
Among children raised in single-parent households, however, boys performed significantly less well than their sisters in school, and their employment rate as young adults was lower. “Relative to their sisters,” Autor and his collaborators wrote, “boys born to disadvantaged families” — with disadvantage measured here by mother’s marital status and education — “have higher rates of disciplinary problems, lower achievement scores, and fewer high-school completions.”
“You desire stock, not because it is objectively desirable – you know nothing about it – you desire stock exclusively because other people desire it. And if other people desire it, its values goes up and up and up, and therefore, in a way the mimetic desire is absolute monarch, you know, it’s an official thing. And what is very interesting is that the analysts of the market have not yet discovered that.
When they tell you psychology’s getting into the market, they mean that the mimetic wave which makes stocks rise is getting out of bounds – it has no more relationship to reality. Because of course, behind it there is objective information, but the stock market is always threatened with a mimetic wave of such importance and such a lack of objectivity that there will inevitably be a collapse. which is also lacking in objectivity.
Just as the fashionable woman in Balzac, when she is abandoned by her lover, she may be abandoned by all potential lovers at the same time and it’s a total disaster for her. She becomes like a stock that has lost its value.”
Boyd Varty, who grew up in the South African Bush, living among and tracking wild leopards. The main theme of this podcast is tracking, and how the same strategy for pursuing animals in the wild can be applied to all aspects of our lives. Boyd’s family has been tracking animals for four generations, and he is bringing what they have learned to a larger audience around the world.“
The interview touches on many different aspects of life such as belonging, finding meaning, and getting back to our roots.
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