A new book sets out the dangers of the "winner takes all" societyby Bim Afolami / April 21, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
Are the most successful people in society the best, or just the luckiest? How important is a decent start in life? How much talent is under-utilised because some individuals did not get the lucky break at the crucial time? In his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle discusses his concept of “eudaimonia,” probably best translated as “human flourishing,” as what constitutes the highest good for human beings. It is useful in framing a discussion of what constitutes professional success—each of us performing to as high a standard, at as high a level as our skills and efforts can muster. How much is our journey towards that ideal stymied by luck beyond our control?