Of Books, chance & curiosity
Strike 1: A good article in the tech review August edition, check it out here. Its about the Bhutanese concept of GNH(Gross National Happiness) as a measure of well the country is doing as opposed to GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
Strike 2: (2 weeks later) On my way home, NPR radio, Paul Rosenzweig was talking about how Bhutan tackles immigration from India by having a guest worker program. Listen to it here.
Strike 3. Global voices highlighted sepia mutiny, and this picture.
Ok..that's it then, perhaps i shall start here. then head back to sepia mutiny.
Sometimes, i come across books randomly, other titles persist in the back of your mind for months, even years...till one day you say..thats it! I am getting the book today. One of those persistent books is Charles Mackay's Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds.
A snippet from the preface
"In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first. We see one nation suddenly seized, from its highest to its lowest members, with a fierce desire of military glory; another as suddenly becoming crazed upon a religious scruple; and neither of them recovering its senses until it has shed rivers of blood and sowed a harvest of groans and tears, to be reaped by its posterity."
Song: Signs (2004) Album : Signs Artist: Bushman
Q:Have you ever felt that some books choose you?