History, science fiction, biographies, philosophy—they all provide for an education that make us objects of interest to others. We learn about human motivation, historical trends, political maneuverings, serendipitous developments—in other words, all the issues that confront us daily in the world of business.
I don’t relate well to “one trick ponies” who can only talk about technology, or leadership, or finance (or sports, or food, or television). I abhor the rumor-as-fact and opinion-as-reality of social media. Reading and educating ourselves are not inimical to other pursuits. They simply put our other pursuits in better context and enable us to enjoy life more.
If you haven’t read The Grapes of Wrath then the Great Depression is just an abstraction. Life as we understand it should be anything but.
— Thomas A. Harris on psychiatry in I’m OK—You’re OK