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Weekend Reading

October 5, 2012

1. Choice of sex selection by Atanu Dey.

The article clearly explains the problem of female infanticide. I wonder what would my “liberal” women friends say if I ask them how is the choice of a parent to abort the fetus due to economic reasons (an unwanted pregnancy) any different from aborting a baby due to an unwanted pregnancy via other reasons.

Whats more…Atanu is visiting me here for the weekend. Got a nice gift from him – Swami Chinmayananda’s Gita commentary. Should start reading it. From the article:

In Indian families, as in other agrarian societies, there is a preference for boys over girls. The desire essentially boils down to economics. Boys are more valuable because they can earn more, the accumulated savings are retained in the family across generations, and are a source of old age security for the parents. Investment in boys, in other words, has a higher rate of return. Girls have lower earnings compared to boys, leave the family when they get married, and what is worse, the family has to pay a dowry to get them married.

2. Untold stories of Steve Jobs by Connie Guglielmo (Hat tip: Guy Kawasaki via Facebook).

Some deeply personal anecdotes of Steve Jobs’s friends. From the article:

Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, who hired Jobs in 1974, says what he remembers most about Jobs was his intensity. “Steve was the first guy I found who would be regularly curled up under his desk in the morning after an all-nighter. A lot of people think that success is luck and being in the right place at the right time. But I think if you’re willing to work harder than anybody else, you can create an awful lot of your own luck.

3. Ludwig Von Mises by Art Carden

This is an article on one of the greatest thinkers in the study of economics, Ludwig Von Mises. There are links of Mises’s phenomenal books and essays in the article. From the article:

The progress that made this possible wasn’t an accident, and it wasn’t random. Indeed, this brings us to Mises’s greatest contribution: his demonstration that socialism cannot function as a rational economic system and that private ownership of the means of production is necessary if value is going to be maximized and waste is going to be minimized in the production process.

4. Following your passion by Cal Newport

This article gives a very pragmatic and realistic picture of finding one’s passion.  From the article:

As I considered my options during my senior year of college, I knew all about this Cult of Passion and its demands. But I chose to ignore it. The alternative career philosophy that drove me is based on this simple premise: The traits that lead people to love their work are general and have little to do with a job’s specifics. These traits include a sense of autonomy and the feeling that you’re good at what you do and are having an impact on the world. Decades of research on workplace motivation back this up.

Enjoy reading folks…Have a great weekend.

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2 Comments
  1. Roli permalink

    I do think there is a difference in aborting a child for economic reasons, in an abusive/miserable relationship versus aborting for being the “wrong” gender. In former, I am asking the question – “can I give this child the best it deserves” and I am watching out for the well being of the child. In the latter situation, I am asking the question of how this child is going to benefit me. Completely opposite thought process.

  2. Roli, I believe in both cases the child is unwanted. Would you be forced to buy a home that is beyond your means? No one denies you the right of not buying? So, if having a (girl) child is beyond one’s means, then people have a right to abort it. It is not about whether they can ncessarily “benefit” from the child but whether they can afford to raise the child. It is simple economics. Raising a girl child is costly. Thats it. I think the more advanced a society becomes, then economic reasons would not be the primary reason behind female feticide. And Iam hoping that day is not far off for India.

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