Paul uses wonderful examples and stories to drive his point home, and teaches as few can, with wit and plenty of facts and figures, how God has created for us, not a world of scarcity that we must all fight over, but one of abundance, where there is enough, and to spare. Oct 02, Bianca McCormick-Johnson rated it it was amazing This book was very informational yet antiquated. I believe most of the principles can still apply today, but I think too much damage has already been done. Currently, we have an ignorant president, intransigent government, and shady investors.
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And underlying this premise has been another, even more profound, assumption—one supposedly so obvious that it is rarely mentioned: namely, that the entire world contains a limited amount of these physical resources.
This means, from an economic point of view, that life is what the mathematicians call a zero-sum game. Over the centuries, this view of the world has been responsible for innumerable wars, revolutions, political movements, government policies, business strategies, and possibly a religion or two.
Once upon a time, it may even have been true. But not anymore. Whether or not we ever did, today we do not live in a resource-scarce environment. That may seem hard to believe, but the businessperson and the politician—as well as the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker—who continue to behave as if they were operating in the old zero-sum world will soon find themselves eclipsed by those who recognize the new realities and react accordingly.
What are these new realities? To put it simply, we live today in a world of effectively unlimited resources—a world of unlimited wealth. In short, we live in what one might call a new Alchemic world. The ancient alchemists sought to discover the secret of turning base metals into gold; they tried to create great value where little existed before. But an analysis of their writings shows that they were on a spiritual as well as a monetary quest.
Yet, through their attempts to make gold, they laid the foundation for modern science, which today has accomplished exactly what the alchemists hoped to achieve: the ability to create great value where little existed before.
We have achieved this ability through the most common, the most powerful, and the most consistently underestimated force in our lives today—technology. A boy this time.
Listen to me! He barely speaks English. Go to Wharton next year. Study hard. He firmly believed in a true and just God who had a reason for everything. His philosophy was perhaps best summed up in the Kaddish, the Hebrew prayer for the dead—the prayer that, as the son of a religious Jew, I recited every morning for a year following his death in The Kaddish is recited in Aramaic, the spoken language of the Jewish people in ancient times; it was originally written in Aramaic so that every member of the community would understand it.
Yet even more significant than the fact that the Hebrew prayer for the dead is not recited in Hebrew is the fact that this prayer for the dead contains no mention whatsoever of death. At Wharton, it seemed to me that the science of economics had advanced only to where the science of medicine was at the beginning of the 19th century. Before we discovered the underlying theories that explained bacterial infections, and thus inoculations and antibiotics, we knew from experience what few medicines and treatments worked—applications.
However, without an underlying theory explaining why, we were unable to learn and grow from our experiences, and, more significantly, only a select few could afford what little medical care existed. Similarly, my professors were able to teach me what worked—in applications courses such as marketing, finance, and management—but were unable to teach me why—in theoretical courses such as micro- and macroeconomics. Paul Zane Pilzer.
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Something went wrong. Please try your request again later. OK Follow to get new release updates and improved recommendations About Paul Zane Pilzer Paul Zane Pilzer is an economist, social entrepreneur, professor, public servant, and the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books and dozens of scholarly publications. He was appointed a professor at New York University at age 24 where he taught for 21 years and was five times voted "best teacher. In health benefits, he is the Founder of Extend Health and Zane Benefits , suppliers of personalized health benefits to U.
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In , he testified before a United States congressional hearing and since then has promoted the idea that employees should have personal, portable health insurance coverage independent of their employment but funded pre-tax by their employer. From wrote five books on the economics of obesity, health insurance, preventative medicine, and wellness. Pilzer has been called the "father of Health Savings Accounts ". They have four children and live in Park City, Utah.
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