Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My Accounting Students Need More Kierkegaard

I think the toughest thing to sell to the students who pick up a smidgen in my finance class is that it's only history: accountants are great at telling you where things came from or where they went to; they are no better than the rest of us t assessing where they are going.   Or, as the (other) melancholy Dane said:
“It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.”
Soren Kierkegaaard, Journal Entry, 1843.

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