Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein famously said that, far from being dangerous and corrupt, his firm was doing "God's work". I was delighted to read that Jeffrey Skilling once said his own company Enron was doing "the Lord's work".
I read it in The Smartest Guys in the Room; a very interesting read about the fall of Enron (and the baleful effects of securitization).
Saw the movie of the same title but hadn't read the book; if anything this 400 page book is even more accesible than the film - almost to a fault. The authors are excessively conversational, and don't show much faith in their reader's understanding. I wonder if they imagined their words being read aloud at a Wal-Mart and wrote accordingly.
Even the jacket design gets the spirit of it. This blurb from Jim Cramer is at the top on the back cover:
"...those who want to learn what happened here, you don't have to read anything but this."
Now, I appreciate being able to learn something quickly, which is why I appreciate this TV-investing-infotainer's ability to capture the essence of the anti-intellectualism at root of modern culture and learning. When did we lose the idea that learning something has a price?
When was the last time you re-read a book, just to appreciate what you may have missed or forgotten the first time?
That's what I thought.
Everyone - go out and read Oedipus Rex, then read it again two weeks later. It will be a totally different experience the second time.
Or Androcles and the Lion, though to my shame I haven't actually finished my second reading.