I love the two views of Sam and Laura. Sam seems to come at life with a practical, numeric view that makes sense in any way you look at it. He also is of the impression that life is given to you and you can mold your path any way that you like it, any way you so choose. Laura's view is more of, "we are given to life". We go around as life goes around -- WE don't move LIFE. LIFE moves US. I think that the average person mirrors Laura more or less. The author didn't stay on this point too heavily, but he had Sam say that if Laura is unhappy with her circumstances, she has the power to change it. I really enjoyed how he got into supply and demand here. He took economics and put them into life (as I would imagine an economics teacher to do.) Usually, when you have a lot of something, the cost goes down. But he described a teacher's job and salary almost as the opposite situation. Because we don't want a huge supply of teachers (we want quality educators that will do their work at any pay) we don't pay them high wages. He also got into the idea that each person has their own niche and depending on the supply of human characteristics/abilities in a certain area, the value of them (their paycheck) would go up or down. For example, he talked about how the supply of "Michael Jordans" was very low -- very little people have the abilities that he does in athletics. Therefore, he would get paid more. The supply of him was low, so the demand went up. This was somewhat my understanding of what Sam was getting at here. However, he also compared Michael Jordan's ability, to aid millions of people from everyday worry and unwanted situations in life, to a therapist. I had never thought about this before. But it is very true -- and Michael Jordan is getting much more money than a typical therapist, but he is "aiding" more people every minute than a single therapist could do in a day, month, maybe even two lifetimes. This is an interesting book for the reasons that it makes you think in new ways by giving you multiple view points (that all make perfectly good sense) on a single topic. I am looking forward to the next chapter.
Wow Paris. That was one of the longest (and well thought out) analysis I have read in a while. *slow claps and nods head in approval.* Really well done.
I must second Hannah on this. You really wrote a passionate analysis on this story! *joins Hannah*
Both Sam and Laura meet in the teacher's lounge after a long day of teaching and discuss if teachers are underpaid. Sam has the perspective that teachers are not underpaid, and that low pay produces the most determined teachers. This is a valid point because teachers have to love teaching to make up for the low pay and the hard work. Laura replies that the pay does not match the effort that teachers put into their profession. This is also a valid point, as many jobs that require less stress and dedication get paid more. I lean more in the middle of these two arguments. Teachers should get better pay because their stress doesn't match the amount they get paid. They also should not get paid like a king because some would only be in it for the money and educate youth in an uninspired fashion. This economic romance is turning out to be a huge perspective clash between the English teacher and the Economics teacher.
The conversations between Sam and Laura continue to fascinate me. Laura usually takes a very conventional viewpoint, she would rather give a hobo food than money, she thinks teachers are underpaid, she thinks seatbelts should be mandatory, etc. These are the opinions you would think to hear from most people. On the other hand, Sam takes a far more uncommon stance on subjects. He sees the world differently, and he isn't afraid to be criticized for his viewpoints. This contrast makes their discussion so interesting. If they agreed on everything, then why would they discuss anyway? Why would we read it?
The topic of being "underpaid" as told from Sam's perspective is definitely out of the box. I had never thought of the subject in that light, and it was interesting to hear something new. I hope that there will come a chapter where the discussion between Sam and Laura ends well, rather than with one of them leaving rather abruptly, and not acknowledging one another's points.
I love the quote "Don't complain. Do something about it." I think this is extremely good advice, although I'm very bad at following it. I think this one piece of advice could be applied to everyone, including Sam, the person saying this quote. This quote was said in the middle of a conversation between Laura and Sam. The difference between Laura's and Sam's personalities is striking and it makes for a very interesting read. I don't usually like books that don't have a lot of action in them, and so far this is just a bunch of conversations, but the banter between Laura and Sam is filled with interesting phrases, advices, and arguments that make it extremely interesting to read about their different opinions on being underpaid or not.
I feel very connected o the idea presented in chapter 3. I had always thought about the responsibility of the donor in regards to what was done with their money afterwords. If one was to give twenty dollars or even just a few cents to a homeless man or woman would they be responsible if that person decided to buy drugs or alcohol? They would get the money from some other person at some point anyways. I feel that those who receive money in this manner are given a certain right. The right to do with it as they need or wish. I felt Sam had an interesting argument and that it touched on many ideas I myself wonder about.
I am so sorry I put the wrong response here!
Charles Kraus is a very interesting character and I think of his contrasts with the rest of the characters depicted. His life seems cold and cruel while there is a certain warmth in all the others lives. He has a certain amount of maintained control that the others only display at certain times. I think he is the stories relief, not in that he is humorous but that he breaks the mellow feel of the three other characters portrayed.
Sam and Laura are different when it comes to their opinions on life. Sam thinks that we are given life to make it something we want. While, Laura thinks that life is given but it controls us. I agree with Sam and Laura because isn't it a little of both? We are given life but we have the opportunity to change how it turns out for us. Moreover, we are moved by life. Events come up, perhaps for a reason to change our direction. I love the relationship between the two so far. They are so different but I love that! Life is ours but what we do with it can be for the better or worse.
The second section of this book, chapters four through six, continue to give a look at different ways economics can be applied to things, as well as teaching readers about how economics is in many different situations in the world. Even though it is relatively simplistic in the way that it is explained in the book, one can still see how economics can be applied to the situations. It could be argued that in order to understand economics, one must look at the "bigger picture" of things to make sense of it, as evidenced within the example that Sam gave about the homeless man and the V-8
"Welcome to the world of Economics. Everything precious in life has a cost"- Sam
I feel that as the story seems to be going on Sam and Laura are being able to understand each other more but keep the beliefs that they already have. I love this quote because it shows Sam's funny but also wise side. I work a lot with economics and enjoy marketing, buying, and selling items and know that anything you want requires work. If you want to buy a car but only have a paperclip, you can build it up to something special as a car. The trick to life is to take advantage of this and find techniques to get to it faster. And that is what Sams job is as a teacher, and I hope he understands that. Because that is how all big things start, a goal, a way, and a cost
As I read the conversation between Sam and Laura about the porch railing, Sam said something that stuck out to me: "Part of the essence of being human is making choices. It's anticipating the future and being aware of the costs and benefits of our actions. If you take the risk out of the future, you take away the choice and the challenge of grappling with the risk and reward." This is a very accurate representation of what I believe people should live off of. People have the freedom to make their own choices and do what they want with their lives, having no restrictions and all, yet they are held back by the constant push to "make bank" and earn a large amount of money doing something that they hate. As Sam was talking to Laura about the "underpaid job" she has, he made a clear point to her, stating that if she is unhappy with the amount of money she is making, she should do something about it. Nothing is stopping her, so why not? This is a motto I feel everyone should live by, where if you want something bad enough, nothing is stopping you from getting it, just as long as you make the effort necessary.
Looking at motives, the government had a strong motive to mandate seat belts in order to lower health care costs from accidents. In a country, where not everyone has health insurance, this is an important point. I know Sam alluded to not agreeing with universal health care. However hospitals do cost tax payer money and more accidents will cost more. Despite that small point, I agree with Sam. The more freedom and choices you give people, the better. The value of safety definitely varies from person to person, despite the fact that people are equally susceptible to most dangers, like car crashes for example.
I'm curious as to how corporate responsibility investigation will play out. I feel like the ending might be purposefully unhappy to make a some kind of point about economics.
Through reading this book I am beginning to side more and more with Sam rather than Laura. He hit the mark once again on how I feel about multiple topics, but my favorite quote thus far is, "Then leave. Go get an MBA. Deal Drugs. Work harder. Take a second job on the side. Don't complain. Do something about it. It's easy to blame the system, but it's in your hands." I believe something that this generation takes for granted is the gift of opportunity. Everyone has the ability to change their lives for the better if they don't like something. They have a voice and the ability and freedom to use it. Despite this incredible right, complaining about a particular situation is easier; easier, though it won't fix anything. Everyone is guilty of this, including myself, because change is a scary notion. Like many difficult positions in life, actually collecting the courage to begin is, in fact, the hardest part of the journey. This is only relevant, however, if complaints have real meaning and are not just for the sake of complaining as I believe Laura's are.
I suppose their first meting isn't exactly the most breezy of meetings and whatever soft romance the book might have been hinting at in the beginning has been washed away by some rocky shores. The economics teacher and the english teacher seem to have polar opposite opinions on the homeless charity scenarios, which makes me wonder if they will also agree on everything else or maybe find common grounds in some smoother waters- it doesn't seem that way when they begin their conversation on helmets, seatbelts, and airbags. Their parting seemed bittersweet, bitter because Laura wanted to continue and they could have wanted to talk more. Yet sweet, because I feel like at some points they wanted to be rid of eachother with their clashin opinions. In my opinion, I enjoy the bantar between the two teachers. They both have witty and quick responses that both make perfect sense.
The second story seems pretty detached still but a few parallels seem to be popping up. There are two people that talk one on one for a mojority of the chapters, they're both male and female, professional environments, and there is a certain amount of law involved.
Laura and Sam's constant debates continue to be intriguing as they duked it out in the teacher's lounge. Laura is a formable foil against Sam''s unique views and she seems to represent the common values of an average person. Their conversations on salary was still relevant and something I thought was interesting was when Sam mentioned that 'the artistry of a basketball player is only frivolous in your eyes. To others, he's a genius.' Its interesting because it brings other peoples' perspective against Luara's. Luara keeps blaming society and life for her low salary, but Sam pushes the concept that she can change it; 'get an MBA. Deal drugs. Work harder.' Sam also makes other points about being 'underpaid' and 'cutting back on resentment'.
One of the quotes that had struck me so far since the last three chapters was "Don't complain, do something about it." This quote is really important, and I think this quote shows the conflict that is going on in the book right now with HealthNet as well as our present world today. Sometimes we see something going on that is not right and all we do is just watch and not take any action. With the conflict of HealthNet, I feel like the CEO is just waiting for good results to come back rather than actually guiding the process to make the good results, not just keep hearing the bad ones. I wonder what will happen next, the situation with Sam after receiving the letter from Edward's principal and how the employees and manager of the Ohio company take the next step after receiving news of their factory shutdown.
While there is some opposition to Sam's points by Laura, I feel that the author is purposefully making Sam win because he thinks Sam is correct and is attempting to show the readers this. Yes, Laura does raise some good points, she always ends up being in the losing light. As I'm understanding Sam's beliefs more and more, I am becoming more annoyed by them and in opposition. I wish that Laura would continue to argue and actually make some headway, instead of ending up looking like a loser with incorrect opinions. While I sort of like her, she annoys be as well. Not quite as much as Sam though I must say.
Learning about some of the arguments for both sides is interesting as these are real arguments that are brought up when debating this sort of thing. I hope better arguments will be brought up in the future. I really do.
I forgot to read Chapter 3 before my last response, but I was very happy that a conversation between Laura and Sam happened because it went exactly as I thought it would. I was also very happy to know the conversation went something along the lines of what I thought it would, so that was good.
Out of the rest of the chapters, the story about Erica and Charles was the one that stood out to me. Honestly, Charles seems like a very successful person (having gone to Yale and getting offered a job in the New York Times), but at the same time I feel like he wants to stand for what is good and sometimes that's hard and Charles is a living proof of that. I actually connected with Charles perfect when we were learning about the environment in biology because there are so many problems that our environment is facing, yet no one is doing anything about it. It's easy to say that there should be changes that should be applied, but it's even harder to be patient and try to make a change that way (but still putting some sort of action). Overall, I think that Charles is a smart man for wanting to wait, instead of taking a job that he didn't ultimately didn't stand for.
So, far I am really liking this book so, so, so much and I can't wait for the next chapters to come.
These few chapters were more discussions, and it is one of things I enjoy most about this book. Discussing wether teachers are underpaid is a very broad topic that can bring a very heated discussion. As I was reading my peer's reflections, I noticed that to many, "Dont complain do something about it" stood out to them, but I feel as if "It's easy to blame the system, but it's in your hands," is a lot more powerful. There could be times in which one takes action on what they are complaining for, but it does not work all the time. People tend to blame society and other people for their faults, when in the end, it comes down to the person. For example, in many schools, when students lack to learn to their full capacity, many times, they blame their schools and teachers. It is not their fault, but their own because if someone really wanted something, such as learning, they will do what they can to achieve it.
It was interesting to see how the author continued the theme of contrast. Some examples being Charles' office view of a Japanese garden and Erica's view of rusting dumpsters. Another example being Laura and Sam's personality's and how they mix during their interactions. I think that the way the narrative jumps between viewpoints makes it that much more potent. It makes the contrasting lifestyles more memorable and impacting.
So far in the book the two have been sharing interesting conversations. I'm wondering how two people can be so different and yet have such a great connection. The two seem to have interest in one another and maybe thats how the conversations come about.
"You should try to help people on their own terms, not your own." When Sam says this, it really makes me think. We have all heard of the theory expressed by Laura, that when giving don't add to the existing problem, but Sam adds a viewpoint I never considered. When we help others, we often think of what they might like or need but rarely do we take the time to ask or consider their opinion. My additive to Sam and Laura's argument is such: Giving a hobo money is like giving a loved one a gift card. Because we don't know exactly what they want or need, we give them the opportunity to use generosity in any way seen fit. Of course, some may argue that "the gift card theory" changes when addictions are involved.
As I continue to read, the differences between Sam and Laura become ever more apparent. Not only in their teaching styles but in their thought process and reasoning. In chapter 3 Laura and Sam meet each other outside of the school environment and Laura begins to talk to Sam about his actions of donating money to a homeless man by the name of "Fast Eddie." The issue at hand was whether or not it was better to donate money which could help feed an addiction or if it was better to give them something that can benefit them such as a V8 juice. I've often wondered this myself. What is the ethical thing to do? You don't have any prior knowledge of where this person has come from. Did they put themselves in poverty through drugs and alcohol or were they born into a poverty?
Gonna go out on a limb here and say that Sam's dismissal was most likely the product of his teachings coming to the attention of misinformed and unfortunately overbearing parents. Doesn't help that Sam has a rather radical way of thinking, which doesn't help one out much at a much older and probably more conservative institution like the school he's at. Love how the story isn't so much a story as a vessel for the lessons the author is trying to impart. Also really like the sort of dual storyline we're seeing here, it'll be really interesting to see how those two separate things eventually come together.
There are many things to wonder about in this book, however the biggest wonder to myself (a 17 year old girl), is: How do two people so opposite have such a wondrous connection? As a teenager and even younger we are told be elders and the grown ups around us "opposites attack", but as we begin to date we find that you truly do need at least a few things in common to have anything to talk about or relate to. Which is why I personally wonder how two teachers of almost completely different teaching styles can find a friendship let alone love.
"opposites ATTRACT" not attack... Oops!
It was very intriguing to hear the ideals of Sam and Laura. They each have their own onion which is very different from one other on many different topics. The opinions go hand in hand with what they teach. Sam wants to express his that money is everything and if you buy something or don't by something there is always a disadvantage. Laura was looking at the more logical way of if they don't have something it will be a great disadvantage to the consumer such as when she says it wouldn't matter if a child needed music lessons if they were dead. It will be interesting to see how the relationship with Sam and Laura continue to progress as the plot continues to develop throughout the book.
Honestly, it doesn't really matter what Eddie is going to do with the money. It is the fact that Sam was kind enough to offer whatever he could for a man in need. After bumping into Lauren, he ends up getting questioned on why he could give him something more healthy like V8 which I think was not necessary. It seems as if it is now a conversation about being conservative with your decisions and how they each view certain things. This money issue transformed into seat belts and airbags and what one is willing to pay for their safety, or if they even care about the safety enough to pay for it. I feel like this argument connects to their teaching styles and the way they view portraying education to others. Sam believes that you don't always have to take the safe way but think outside of the box and take risks. Lauren feels that you should be safe and stick to the average curriculum that everybody sticks to.
After reading through these three new chapters I can only come to the conclusion that this book has something to do with opposing arguments; Sam and Laura, Erica and Krauss. It's pretty interesting, actually, to watch the ebb and flow of argument and, in the case of Erica and Krauss, a struggle for power. It almost makes the reader think about arguing and debating as having some kind of war-like strategy, although that would only be the case of an argument had a real goal to it. If you actually stop and think about it, every argument has a goal. Even between the former-teacher and teacher, Sam and Laura, their goal could perhaps be friendship, or to better understand one another. Also, Sam is becoming quite the character, and I think it will be interesting to see what his role is in the coming chapters (if he sticks around).
I thought that these chapters of the book presented very different perspectives on money and what it does to people. On one hand, you have Krauss, the big powerful CEO with all the money in the world, who will do anything to keep his company going whether or not it’s moral. And on the other side we see the damage that Krauss’ negligence does to the people who lived in the town where his factory was. I thought it was especially shocking when Krauss said to his underling that they needed to do whatever they could to make sure no one delved into what his company was doing. It is bringing the quote from the beginning of the book into new light.
I find it interesting/strange that in each of Sam and Laura's encounters, Laura presents very common view points that Sam refutes with some unconventional, but thought provoking logic.
It is obvious that both of these people are intelligent and open about expressing their opinions, but I wonder what else they have in common. I believe there will be one thing perhaps they see eye to eye on that will seal their sort-of attraction to one another. Of course the topics they discuss are what interest me most, but I am also intrigued as to how their relationship will progress.
As I have been reading this book, I think a lot of really interesting points are brought up. One in particular was, "When students first com into my course, they think being CEO means sitting at a big desk counting your money, drinking coffee and talking on the phone from time to time. They think it's a job that gets handed out through some lottery. The losers flip hamburgers for minimum wage." pg 49. It is analyzed by comparing it to sports players who make millions as well. No matter what people may think at times, the job is far more complex and difficult than it looks. I think it is really important to look at situations realistically, and not let other factor such as jealousy in this case, control your opinion. I enjoy reading about real points in this book and thinking about them for myself.
I feel that within the next few chapters these two sides of people will see something in each other and unite. I heard this book has to do with romance but so far there hasn’t been any, it’s been more of the opposite of romance. I think it will be very interesting to see if these four people will end up with one another, for the reasons that they are completely opposite, and have been arguing constantly in the book over little problems. I think that soon they will see something special, that spark that will somehow attract them to each other.
i'm feeling the same where I don't yet see the romance but I am optimistic about it. There's something cool about how opposites attract.
I found some of the debate that they were having fairly strange how they would create an argument that would today look like it was created for the soul purpose to just argue with were random facts that don't seem to correlate seem to create a correct statement. The way this whole book tied up had such a crazy progression from beginning to end heading from the interesting images of oil and pistachio nuts to arguments about free and how it really isn't free to having phone calls about a improper attitude toward a employe
So far, most of the book's story is centered around debates between different ideologies and methods (and genders, interestingly enough) but the pair that most interested me was that of Sam and Laura. While not polar opposites, most of their strategies, both in teaching and debate, are very different. Sam speaks of greed, capitalism, and the virtues of individual freedom while Laura believes strongly in making the better choice. Sadly, most of these arguments are skewed in favor of Sam's opinion due to his rather submissive opponent who lacks strong counter-evidence. But hey, maybe he just always is prepared for debate over seatbelts and personal freedom. I do quite like Sam's opinions and share most of them, so a second bonus to this book is finding some counter-arguments for cryogenic storage to be used upon a later date.
I think that Sam and I wouldn't get along on a personal level, but I think he would be a wonderful professor or teacher. I kind of sync with Laura on this quote: "Laura wasn't sure how to react to Sam. His perspective on the world turned a wait for a subway train into an intellectual tennis match. And it always seemed to be his serve. She was relieved when the train arrived." He has a fascinating view on the world, but seems to be hard to get along with, always playing devils advocate and yet agreeing with your argument. It is draining but fascinating. He is kind of an enigma in a way.
I feel a strong connection with something Sam said to Laura while crammed on the subway. He was talking about the railing that had to be put up at his childhood home and said something about how when so many laws and restrictions are put up around adults (and/or children) a bit of humanity is taken away. Delight is taken away. We become less human. I couldn't agree more with him, and actually, this has been something on my mind for a while now. Where is the adventure in our lives? There is little danger. And an adventure requires that danger factor; that is what makes an adventure good! So many walls and paced roads have been built so we can't experience this treading journey, and that fills me with a looming sadness and emptiness. I have to say I agree with Sam on the fact with the addition of regulations and rules, we loose ou humanity.
When reading The Invisible Heart, i makes me Feel how intruding Sam is as a person, and how every conversation he has, he need to make a statement, in order for him to continue speaking.
The conversation he has with Laure about seat belts really struck me, and the opinion he had on the topic. Sam's vision with seat belts/air bags, is that he doesn't think it is not necessary to have in every car, Laura response that it should be required because it is about human lives and every life is equal and just as important, where Sam's says that you can't get everything and you have to choose between what you would want.
For me I disagree with sam, since seat belts and air bags, is two major things in a car there always safe a lot of lives, so why removing one of the main requirements in a car and choosing somethings, there would give you a less chance of surviving.
I've been reading through a lot of peoples responses and I agree with what most people are saying. I however noticed that of the ones I read they all are choosing to focus on the Sam & Laura aspect of the story. I am more interested in where the other part of the story is going. So in chapt. 4 it discusses the CEO and Emily Baldwin. I am really curious as to where this part of the story is going. What does this whole HealtNet thing have to do with the High school teachers? How do these two stories connect? Mostly what will be the outcome of Ms. Baldwin trying "nail" the CEo of HelthNet, and what will happen to him? Will her position at the OCR change? And will they become the "backbone" of all the other agencies?
Reading these next few chapter you can see the connections between the characters. They seem so different but when they have conversations they seem so related to one another. I wonder how there relationship will grow through out the rest of the story.
When Sam and Laura meet and begin a heated discussion specifically the part about if teachers are underpaid it made me think whether of not they are. Its a common thing to hear, almost all teachers complain about their salary yet they continue to teach. Sam had said that teachers are not underpaid, and therefore the low pay produces more determined and dedicated teachers. Where as Laura believes teachers are underpaid. I agree with Sam in that if you love what you are doing it shouldn't matter how much you get paid. When going in to be a teacher right off the bat you should know that you won't make much money, but your ultimately changing peoples lives so its worth it. I am really interested in seeing how Sam and Laura's relationship plays out since they have such diverse opinions on everything.
Once again, we are drawn into another interesting conversation with Sam and Laura. Now, after teaching, they sit in the lounge and discuss the pay of teachers. I strongly agree with Sam's opinion on the pay. While it is rather unfortunate that the pay isn't as much as the average modern day worker, I believe it shows which teachers are truly passionate about shaping the next generation and who's not.
It's rather humorous because in a way, Sam and Laura almost remind me of my brother and I. Both have their diverse opinions and personalities. These few chapters were rather easy to relate to because of that. I wonder what's to happen next.
In yet another discussion between Sam and Laura I find myself intreged with what they both say. Talking about teachers being underpaid. It starts to annoy me that they think so differently but I see how many people are like this, including myself. Sam is very open minded with the fact that people have different opinions and perspectives, while Laura sans to stick to her point. I think they balance each other out quite nicely in their conversations. Sam often makes points that I would and I can relate to him.
I wonder where the direction of this book will move towards with the development of the new characters: Erica and other people who work for the CEO seem to fear him. They do not show him respect but feel a little intimidated by his presence. The purpose of his role may be to highlight what Sam has said about CEO's. They can be manipulative and fight to get to the top. In the beginning he is noticeable seen making powerful decisions without even consulting with his people. Mr. Krauss rules with an iron fist and this proves what Sam was saying about the power needed to be a rich CEO like Mr. Krauss.
"Not only is there less delight in a world of little danger, but there is less humanity when we are always being treated like children...we start taking away the essential human challenge of coping with uncertainty and making decisions". ~ Sam
I love this quote because it perfectly captures the problem of overprotectiveness and the right to choose safety and understand risk. We protect children because they are not capable of grasping the concept of risk and reward. Their decisions will be immature. But an adult has a fully developed mind and is capable of consciously making a decision - therefore they should be allowed to. As a teenager, of course this is a delicious idea. We all know the thrill of taking risks to achieve some tempting reward. For me, it is riding horses. I know it can be dangerous, that sometimes I am risking my life, but the benefits of the excitement and thrill outweigh my hesitation. It's the same with driving a car. We should all have the decision to choose whether or not we want to risk ourselves. I understood Laura's points about managing safety, but people should learn to take responsibility themselves. They shouldn't be treated like children or they will act like them.
I felt inspired by Sam's way of looking at one's own economic status. Despite that I also feel a lot of the logical points he tried to make in this chapter seemed to be loosely evident and self contradicting, he brought to light a common attitude within society. Everyone seems to think that they don't make enough, that they are underpaid, and that perhaps someone else makes more than them for unjustified reasons. I think that this is startlingly true, and not only about money. This universal disposition, however contrary to what Sam feels, should not be questioned. The pursuit of the acquisition of more money is what motivates us all to work harder, and motivation is a must. Yes, it is important to be content, and I also believe more people are in need of that feeling, but I also believe true happiness does not come from the POSSESSION of goods/money/social status but rather the process of ACQUIRING them. Thusly, a man born to the richest family in the world would have a life filled with nothing less than emotional disparity, because the only "movement" he can make is downward, losing his money. Possessions are relative, but acquisition is not.
I really enjoy the conversations Sam and Laura have together because while both of them have different views/opinions/arguments, both make very good points and make you think more about topics that normally wouldn't be thought about. I found the discussion about the seatbelt safety to be very interesting, and I think that even though it's evident that they have different views on different topics, I think they actually enjoy discussing it with each other (As in, it's not like they're angry and fighting with each other for having these views.
As for Krauss and Erica, to be honest I'm not really sure what relationship people have with Krauss but it doesn't seem to be good, as Krauss' decisions for his company are not good at all, especially for the people working there/in the town, as it was stated that not only will tons of people be out of a job, but the town will be out of money as well because of it. Hopefully Erica does something about it and everything ends well for the company.
As I continue to read this book I find my self liking it more and more for a variety of reasons. First and foremost is the fact that it really disproves many of societies expectations and stereotypes about not only economists but also about the buisness world as a whole. Specifically the conversation regarding teachers salaries was particularly interesting as it is something that we take for granted in our lives as fact without really questioning why. His points on supply and demand are very counterinuitive when first presented but as you think about it more, it starts to make sense. This conversation led to a much more interesting one which is the value of satisfaction in the equation of worth. I completely agreed with Sam's points in that a large part of a teachers salary is factored in when one considers the satisfaction that accompanies that lightbulb moment. In very few occupations is there that level of enjoyment that stems directly from what you are doing.
Moving on, the points presented about the railing on the porch I agreed with more than anything else I have read int he book. I found that without really thinking about it this is how I have viewed life. A life lived in isolation and complete safety doesn't really leave room to experience much. In this situation is that really living life? Sam and I both agree that not only is that not really living, but it doesn't teach children how to be self sufficient. By holding their hand through learning experiences instead of letting them learn the lessons for themselves, parents are making it exceedingly difficult for children to mature. The railing may prevent a kid from falling but it also prevents him from learning how to be safe. So if he goes to a friends house with a similar floorplan with that same four foot balcony but it doesn't have a railing, how will the child know how to be safe and not fall? This little anecdote that Sam presents to Laura really strikes home in a lot of real world places, especially for me. In many conversations for me with my parents, I have found that they often take Laura's side while I am on Sam's. This isn't necessarily becuase I want freedom becuase it is convenient even though that is nice, but mainly because I see the importance in experience. This book has already addressed a lot of topics that I find important and that I talk or think about in my day to day life. It will continue to be a very enjoyable read.
The part of the book that has struck me the most is the argument/disagreement Laura and Sam encounter when talking about seat belts and safety. It interests me to see how Sam explains the economic side safety. Never have I thought that something so simple such as seatbelts and airbags to have so much to do with economics. I love the point that Sam brings up about how it is people's choice to have a seatbelt in their car or not. He states that some people would rather save money buying a cheaper car with no seatbelts or airbags than to be safe. Something interesting he also brought up is there are cheaper ways to be sage. For example, driving slower is a simpler less expensive way to stay safe. The one that struck me the most was when he said not driving at all is the safest and least expensive way to travel. If people were really concerned about being safe then they should just walk because in general it is safer than driving. It amazes me that our government can force people to make their own decisions. Paying for something in your own car for your own safety should be entirely your choice but instead out state makes it illegal for you and therefore you don't have a choice. I never thought the economics could be related to so many things and there could be so many different sides to it. I am looking forward to reading more about how economics can relate to everyday tasks. I am also looking forward to reading more about an economists views on life because so far they seem pretty unique.
It honestly has been kind of a trip to me because Sam and Laura having different ideas. They think fairly different from each other and it is weird that they get along. From my perspective, I honestly only see me getting along with people that like the same stuff as me, have similar opinions, and to be specific, they have the same style. So I find it amusing that they are opposites, but hey, you never know.
Well, I feel like i'm completely disregarding the other half of this book (much like the other students reading this book) But, Sam is so interesting! I love reading about his and Laura's debates.The seeatbelt issue is beautiful, because most people have experiences that have caused them to be on the side that they are. It's really interesting, however it kind of makes me think of Sophia and Justin.
I like the interaction between Laura and Sam and i like seeing them butt heads. The fact that they disagree on practically everything makes the relationship between them so much more interesting than stories where the two main characters have everything in common. I keep enjoying Laura and Sam's story more and more, and getting less invested in Charlie and Ericas story. I do, however, like the story following George Sutherland. It's interesting to see that perspective which isn't represented often in media.
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