Saturday, February 6, 2010

Here's to the Human Mind and the Profit Motive


I am grateful for the fact that I don't have to deal directly with that blizzard thanks to the benefits of well-engineered shelter and heating and plentiful food stores. There are two concepts which I recognize as essential to all of this: the rational faculty of the human mind, which can come to understand the nature of existence, which knowledge permits us to adapt materials to suit our survival; and the long-range profit motive along with a free market, which makes a civilized society with a trade-based division of labor possible.
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