One of the great things about going old school and reading Charles Dickens novels is that Dickens is one of Western Civilization’s all-time greats when it comes to articulating the intersection of morality and economics. In fact, I read most of his work with this point of view in mind: How do I maximize my personal economic success while having a net positive effect on the other members of the civilization that I encounter?
Dickens is relentless when it comes to constructing various scenarios that can help us determine when we should prioritize economic success over the other areas of our life.
For instance, many of you have probably encountered this quote from Wilkins Micawber in David Copperfield: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.” That is one of the most succinct insights into … Read the rest of this article!