Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Investing in the future: read Shakespeare


The CIO of a $114 billion firm explains why all investors should read Shakespeare:

"Read Shakespeare. There's more in Shakespeare about power, decision-making, ambition, and how people are blinded by their own needs that's so incredibly applicable to the investment process. To see it in that context is something that makes it real."

And here is the rest of the very brief (too brief?) article.

Well, even if you are not an investor (but aren't we all in many ways?), you should find in the brief article good reasons to read Shakespeare. Perhaps you have your own reasons. Would you please share your thoughts?


5 comments:

  1. In both Shakespeare's work and, for the matter of that, Edward Gibbon's work, we see the human motivations, emotions and the like that are behind the decisions people make. In my opinion, Tim, it's essential to understand that if we're to work with people, lead them, invite them to motivate themselves, and understand their actions.

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    1. Margot, I am among the many who marvel that a smalltown fellow could have created such characters who give us so many brilliant (and sometimes frightening) insights into (our) human nature. Shakespeare's characters remain, indeed, both flattering and terrifying mirrors. If we only can take the time and have the sight to look into the mirrors.

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  2. the trouble is(i'm at the home computer) you need a certain amount of sophistication and study to get any benefit out of WS... just reading it from ground zero wouldn't do much good, imo...

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    1. Mudpuddle, I will add to that observation by point out that WS had not written plays for readers in home, classrooms, and libraries, but he wrote plays for audiences in theaters; in other words, the plays must be seen and heard for best effect. Reasonable?

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  3. It is reasonable to think that the play should be seen acted, but it is not a reason the truth of which I have seen very often borne out in practice. I find the theatre inside my head a more reliable stage than the several I have attended - even when the performance does not try to improve Shakespeare. The timing, nuance, emphasis - the savouring of the lines, the mouthing of the lines - all done with a cast and crew of one. Priceless.

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