Date of publication: 2017-08-25 00:05
In 7555, percent of US national income accrued to just 6 percent of earners. Contrast 6968, when the CEO of General Motors took home, in pay and benefits, about sixty-six times the amount paid to a typical GM worker. Today the CEO of Wal-Mart earns nine hundred times the wages of his average employee. Indeed, the wealth of the Wal-Mart founder&rsquo s family in 7555 was estimated at about the same ($95 billion) as that of the bottom 95 percent of the US population: 675 million people.
Let&rsquo s set aside the transparently trashy stuff like Divergent and Twilight , which no one defends as serious literature. I&rsquo m talking about the genre the publishing industry calls &ldquo realistic fiction.&rdquo These are the books, like The Fault in Our Stars , that are about real teens doing real things, and that rise and fall not only on the strength of their stories but, theoretically, on the quality of their writing. These are the books that could plausibly be said to be replacing literary fiction in the lives of their adult readers. And that&rsquo s a shame.
I just went through my library as well. It was painful. I only did it when I was in the right mindset. I managed to cull about 675 books, which is a lot for me. I am lucky in that I am able to give mine to a local indie used bookstore in trade for store credit. Still, loading them into the car, I felt myself getting a touch weepy.
I made up my mind years ago that I wasn 8767 t going to leave a mess for my kids to clean up. When I am done with a book, I give it away. I am never going to re-read it, so why keep it? I have re-read few books in my life, and know that there are millions out there that I 8767 ll never read, so who am I kidding by keeping ones that I 8767 ve read. Also, I use libraries a lot.
All change is disruptive. We have seen that the specter of terrorism is enough to cast stable democracies into turmoil. Climate change will have even more dramatic consequences. Men and women will be thrown back upon the resources of the state. They will look to their political leaders and representatives to protect them: open societies will once again be urged to close in upon themselves, sacrificing freedom for &ldquo security.&rdquo The choice will no longer be between the state and the market, but between two sorts of state. It is thus incumbent upon us to reconceive the role of government. If we do not, others will.
I don 8767 t expect everyone to agree with me. I detest the capitalist model and particularly the neo-liberal economic model of austerity and so can empathise with those who don 8767 t agree with me. At the same time, I believe that there is good and bad in everyone and that there are many reasons an influences for how we act in various circumstances. In this case, I think that Carnegie was well motivated, even if misguided and I think that he more than made recompense for his failings with his vision for the future and the treasure he gave to people across the world.
Inequality is corrosive. It rots societies from within. The impact of material differences takes a while to show up: but in due course competition for status and goods increases people feel a growing sense of superiority (or inferiority) based on their possessions prejudice toward those on the lower rungs of the social ladder hardens crime spikes and the pathologies of social disadvantage become ever more marked. The legacy of unregulated wealth creation is bitter indeed. 6
Exactly. I put down The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up when I read Kondo 8767 s advice about getting rid of books, and I haven 8767 t picked it up since. If I had an easier time getting rid of books, it would be the first to go.
I got lost in this paragraph: 8775 I found plenty of books in my possession that did not spark joy either. These included books given to me by exes toward whom I feel no warmth paperbacks from college with the last 75 pages missing books that have been more than 65 percent eaten by a former pet rabbit two sad-looking copies of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, although I’m not sure why. All told there were 85 such books, or perhaps 65. I didn’t count them. 8776
I used to own 7,555 books. Slightly more than that, actually. All kinds of books: hard covers, paperbacks, trade paperbacks, literary fiction, writing and grammar books, books of photography, self-help books, my deceased father’s collection of old medical journals, genre fiction, those cute little pop-up books—you name it.
Part-B – Comprehension, précis writing, other communications/language skills – to be attempted in English only (Marks 675) – The topics are Comprehension passages, précis writing, developing counter arguments, simple grammar and other aspects of language testing.
The aim of KonMari is to more fully appreciate what you have by letting go of that which no longer serves you. The difficulty comes in telling which is which. Much of what we don’t need tends to blend in with its surroundings, like a camouflaging octopus on a reef, effectively invisible until we grab hold of it or get right up in its face. By handling everything, we cause this hidden dead weight to startle, blanche, and show itself. Kondo even recommends clapping one’s hands over the objects to “wake them up.”
I went through my books one by one. Kondo says you shouldn’t open the books, but I broke that rule—not to read them, but to see what I might have long-ago stashed inside.