I’m always excited to read the Massey Lectures. It’s an intellectual treat, to which I always look forward. Topics have ranged from human development to economics, to imagination, to libraries.
Right now, I’m reading Margaret Atwood’s Payback. In five chapters, Atwood discusses the concept of debt, and how its deeply embedded place in our consciousness ensures that it constantly figures in our religions, our literature, and our culture at large.
This is not a book about the mortgage crisis or about debt in this decade. Rather, it’s a broad examination of debt as a cognitive construct, and a psychological motivator.
I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys non-fiction, and for those who are particularly interested in psychology or religion.