The Intrinsic Value of Education and Health


“The main purpose of the health sector is not to provide other sectors with workers in good health. By the same token, the main purpose of the educational sector is not to prepare students to take up an occupation in some other sector of the economy. In all human societies, health and education have an intrinsic value: the ability to enjoy years of good health, like the ability to acquire knowledge and culture, is one of the fundamental purposes of civilization.

–Thomas Piketty, as quoted by Cory Doctorow in “Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century” on Boing Boing

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