Malcom Gladwell – The Tipping Point
Malcolm Gladwell -The Tipping Point & Paulo Coelho – By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
Score: 10/10 (mostly for the discussion potential this combo provides)
(I know we are on an uncharted territory of comparing incomparable, but let’s give it a shot.)
Weeks ago, I had this conversation with the colleague of mine, where I, being the constant complainer that I’m, expressed my jealousy towards the atheists or 100% theists,’ cause I find it so INCREDIBLY difficult to just keep on trying to find THE answers (#firstworldproblems).
This discussion ended with me receiving this pic/screenshot. (And, you don’t have to worry for a second that I will not update my profile pic with now-iconic shelf picture soon enough.)
And, while reading yet another Coelho, I have found this. (My story-telling is on the level of 6 year old, but don’t let that stand in front of you on your way to a very intriguing argument.)
“A scientist who studied monkeys on an island in Indonesia was able to teach a certain one to wash bananas in the river before eating them. Cleansed of sand and dirt, the food was more flavorful. The scientist who did this only because he was studying the learning capacity of monkeys did not imagine what would eventually happen. So he was surprised to see that the other monkeys on the island began to imitate the first one. “And then, one day, when a certain number of monkeys had learned to wash their bananas, the monkeys on all of the other islands in the archipelago began to do the same thing. What was most surprising, though, was that the other monkeys learned to do so without having had any contact with the island where the experiment had been conducted.” He stopped. “Do you understand?” “No,” I answered. “There are several similar scientific studies. The most common explanation is that when a certain number of people evolve, the entire human race begins to evolve. We don’t know how many people are needed but we know that’s how it works.”
And now call me whatever you want, but to me this The tipping point. It might have been taken from slightly different prospective, but effectively it’s the very same thing Malcolm Gladwell described in his famous famous book.
And I’ve realized that this exactly is the reason why do I have hard times to praise these two. Because they don’t provide that benefit of doubt I would want them to. They are explaining the most complex things as if they understood them thoroughly and I get mad at them for not knowing that they don’t know. And I bet they even know.
(I might be just jealous, in fact, I’m sure I’m just jealous. It looks to be working magically and maybe they are just smart enough to know that if they would question all they do, they wouldn’t write a word. And God knows that would be a major pity!)
Also, this whatever-it-is wouldn’t be complete if I wouldn’t choose my side.
And as pathetic as it sounds, while reading the “By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept” I have re-learned why do I keep coming back to Coelho that often. He just makes me a happier person, while I read him. I do have those moments, where I buy completely in and believe every word he writes for sentence or two and when that happens, I do really feel all the magic in the world… And to say it also explicitly, Malcolm Gladwell seems to be stealing it from me (He is stealing my thunder!). So yeah, I would have to go with the Philosopher of the Simple Ones as I heard him being called and didn’t enjoy it at all…
And both books are 7s, in case you were waiting for this.
P.S.: Yes, this is the review of The Tipping Point. (I have started to write the“serious” one more than once, but it just didn’t happen for us….)
P.S. 2: Yep, I’m cheater, please don’t get surprised…