Until vacation! Six days in LA for a wedding, then onto ma ville préférée: Montréal!
My great love of literature is no secret, and I rarely laud an excerpt or quote from a piece I haven’t fully digested. Yet, as with all rules, we make our exceptions. Aristotle wrote “we are what we repeatedly do. Excellent, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” and it has been peeking its feisty little self in and out of my periphery for some days.
Fully believing in the concept of a “self-made man,” determining one’s destiny and what have you, has long been a fixture in my thinking, and speaking to this concept weighs on me. Building an identity, cultivating your interests and who you strive to be is not some passive process, and I think those who might claim it as such embody laziness and ignorance. I find myself captivated by myriad pursuits and ideas, a constant detraction from drive and ambition by dispersing focus. Dwelling on the words of this celebrated Greek philosopher have provided a pivotal focus in determining what I want, consciously examining myself and matching that to what I seek to build for myself.
While prepping for my econ final in public policy via google hangout (which is marvelous for simultaneously editing documents and web camera interaction) we had a running joke about monopolistic Jesus.
He produces where marginal revenue = marginal cost = price.
After our [by far and away ass-kicking] lecture, Michael turns to me and says “wait…that’s not monopoly Jesus, that is perfect competition Jesus, Natalie”
Professor : Is this relevant to RTAs?
Michael : Not exactly…
Me: Unless you wanted to examine tariff elimination from RTAs and the subsequent effect on production…
Michael: …and that’s why we need need perfect competition Jesus!