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Timeless lessons

Some books are timeless.

This is because someone spent the time to aggregate all their notes and thoughts to tell a story or teach a lesson. 

News, Instagrams, etc, all expire. Like fast food, we forget about them just as fast as we consume them.

The difference between expiring and long-term knowledge is the educational intent. Says business writer Morgan Housel on the timelessness of The Intelligent Investor penned by Ben Graham in 1934:

It’s amazing how much of the information we consume has a half life measured in days or months, and how little is like Graham’s book – cherished for decades because it teaches something with permanent relevance.

It’s nearly impossible to know what works authored today will go on to have relevance forever. Surely, no one will care either about the Kardashians or a Taylor Swift song decades from now? The acme of selfie-based culture and formulaic tunes won’t last forever. 

Technology and culture are always evolving but the simple truths remain the same.

Who out there in today’s world is doing deep work and why we should we care? The sure test of a seminal piece of work will be its applicability now and then.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.