The Lottery

Shirley Jackson’s collection of dystopian short-form fiction The Lottery (and other stories) is a stark reminder of the fragility, banality and horror of the un-scrutinised human condition.

It’s all too easy to slip into group-think that priorities the “greater good” over the individual life. And once we have accepted that, it is a slippery slope to treating people as things rather than sentient beings with their own individual will, hopes and dreams.

While not exactly a business book, the stories presented in The Lottery offer us a range of thought-provoking conversation starters around the issues we should be thinking about but seldom do.

 

 

 

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