Excellent little book. Much to think about and meditate upon. Will be re-reading this a few more times.
Here is one of so many excellent passages in thExcellent little book. Much to think about and meditate upon. Will be re-reading this a few more times.
Here is one of so many excellent passages in this book:
"Third, the experiential Calvinist had a deep sense of the sinfulness of sin. It is the greatest tragedy of our age that the supreme focus in much of the Christian church today is man, not God! Man and his needs, not God and his glory, is the organizing principle and central concern of much that passes for evangelical Christianity. Perhaps the greatest difference between us and our Reformation and Puritan forefathers is that they had high views of the glory of God and therefore deep views of the sinfulness of sin. We, in contrast, have shallow, user-friendly views of God, and therefore we have shallow, user-friendly views of sin and wrath! Where do people hear today that 'the greatest evil of sin,' as Goodwin wrote, 'lies in the injury by it done unto the honour and sovereign glory, and to the person of God himself, which is the thing that makes sin so heinous.'
"We live in a world where sin has been reduced to mean little more than a personal or social inconvenience. Sin disrupts relationships, destroys families, and disfigures society--truly, it does! But Goodwin recognized that the fundamental nature of sin is its hatred of and opposition to God."
As my brother said, "I believe". I share the vision of Mr. Musk, but I am not willing to be ruthless in pursuit of the dream like he is. On the otherAs my brother said, "I believe". I share the vision of Mr. Musk, but I am not willing to be ruthless in pursuit of the dream like he is. On the other hand, would that America had more people like him; he is advancing technology and manufacturing in the USA at a time when the country can't "build themselves out of a paper bag".
The author spent much of the book covering the ebb and flow of the various businesses that Musk is involved with, and while I was interested to learn about all that (having followed the news over the internet over the years), I wanted to know about the man himself. However when considering Mr. Musk's work ethic, it fits that so much time must be spent describing his businesses since most of his life is poured into his work.
Recommended for anyone wanting to get the whole story about one of the few innovators in the USA actually executing on stuff that matters. ...more
Interesting thought experiment around a different way to look at economics and money systems in the guise of a story about the changed society if onlyInteresting thought experiment around a different way to look at economics and money systems in the guise of a story about the changed society if only this different way of doing things is implemented. The writing was reasonably good, but could have used some help. But like good speculative fiction should bring forth, it had these shining ideas (and presented ala Ayn Rand style), but by the two thirds mark my patience was wearing thin and I was feeling like anarcho-frog: "Tired of the commie bullshit."
If you are an economics geek you will likely enjoy the story even more......more
Fascinating book; think of social philosophy approached as an engineering process or a scientific analysis.
The title could even have been, "The RiseFascinating book; think of social philosophy approached as an engineering process or a scientific analysis.
The title could even have been, "The Rise and Fall of Liberty and Prosperity", since we are now more than seventy years past the writing of this book and the dangerous trends limiting and parasitizing the productive energies released under conditions of liberty pointed out in the book by the 1940's have continued and have steadily eroded the USA into a cronyist, status type civilization living off the borrowed capital of yesterday.
Necessary reading for anyone interested in maximizing human potential, and especially those who have bought into the foolishness of collectivism and Marxism....more