The Marketplace of Ideas
January 20, 2010
The best part of working at 800-CEO-READ, other than the lovely and intelligent people surrounding me, is the amount of lovely and intelligent books surrounding me. We are all ridiculously fortunate here to be able to pick up random books at random moments throughout the day and see if they speak to us. Most don't, but the ones that do.
Knowledge is our most important business. The success of almost all our other business depends on it, but its value is not only economic. The pursuit, production, dissemination, application, and preservation of knowledge are the central activities of a civilization. Knowledge is social memory, a connection to the past; and it is social hope, an investment in the future. The ability to create knowledge and put it to use is the adaptive characteristic of humans. It is how we reproduce ourselves as social beings and how we change—how we keep our feet on the ground and our heads in the clouds.I'd just like to highlight that first sentence and a half once more: "Knowledge is our most important business. The success of almost all our other business depends on it..." That could be the motto of our company (any company, really).