Neil Gaiman: “If you make mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something.” [via FT]. From the article: “A work blunder teaches so much more than a triumph. Too few companies encourage staff to have blame-free discussions about their mistakes.”
Donald Boudreaux: “Spontaneous orders differ categorically from organizations. Spontaneous orders, like organizations, are highly useful to individuals. But unlike organizations, spontaneous orders are not designed and created. They emerge as unintended consequences of the actions of persons, each of whom is pursuing his or her own individual goals with no awareness that those actions will give rise to a larger order. While a spontaneous order assists each individual in the pursuit of his or her goals, such an order, unlike an organization, itself has no goal towards which it aims. And because a spontaneous order as such has no goals, the actions of the individuals whose choices give rise to the spontaneous order cannot be judged by how well or poorly they promote the goal of the spontaneous order – for, again, the spontaneous order has no goals.”
Dave Barry’s 2021 Year in Review: US-centric, but still a fun read.