Kierkegaard articulating an early version of Taleb’s ‘skin in the game’. I find some corollary with strategy work and/or consulting.
In our day and age book-writing has become so poor, and people write about matters which they have never given any real thought, let alone experienced.
Everyone today can write a fairly decent article about all and everything; but no one can or will bear the strenuous work of following through a single solitary thought into the most tenuous logical ramifications. Instead, writing trivia is particularly appreciated today, and whoever writes a big book almost invites ridicule. In former days people read big books, and if they did read pamphlets or periodicals they did not quite like to admit it. Now everyone feels duty bound to read what is printed in a periodical or a pamphlet, but is ashamed to have read a big book through to the end, and he fears he may be considered weak in the head.
He arrives at the only logical conclusion, resolving:
I therefore have decided to read only the writings of men who have been executed or have risked their lives in some way.