Mr. Murry is the man who wrote The Bell Curve, a somewhat controversial study on IQ. Reading the mans book, The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead feels a bit like getting advice from your Grandfather. Not the crazy Grandfather that says the aliens are coming, but the one that talks about how he got screwed over on his pension and is trying to stop the same thing from happening to you. Forget the fact that no one gets a pension anymore.
Why do people tell stories? There’s the obvious reason that people tell stories for entertainment. But entertainment doesn’t account for the thousands of repeated stories we tell only ourselves.
Storytelling is a transformation ritual. They are tools that are ment to get you from the person you are to the person you are aiming at becoming. Similar to how art is a way of healing your wounds while simultaneously exposing them. If that sounds like a plausible enough motive for storytelling, I’ll take it one step further and say, every judgment you make about yourself is a story.
Often I feel like I’m censoring myself, and this is a problem because censorship is not exactly conducive to great communication. At its best, the truth comes out clear, pointed, and direct. At worst it comes out insensitive, rude, and clearly for my own amusement. More often it comes out somewhere in between, dancing around the inoffensive and the somewhat vague notion of any worthwhile conclusions.
Truth is the art of poetry and the science of comedy.
I found the book in a local bookstore near the local farmers market, and opened it up to this quote:
May religions perish of disease or only violence?
For a number of reasons:
- A Google engineer was recently fired for it discussing it.
- There are nightmarish regulations around it. These can be emotionally taxing and expensive.
- Nearly everyone agrees we ought to strive for a meritocracy and “hire the best person for the job,” but no one wants to have the conversation as to if diversity quotas are good or bad for a system of meritocracy.
- If people within an institution feel that they don’t have shared values, it damages their ability to cooperate.
- If you can’t cooperate, you don’t have a company.