Your editorial staff recently enjoyed a weekend with old college friends and spent the trip home discussing the value of Ivy League degrees: are they worthwhile, or only expensive ornaments? By way of answer, a short vignette:
You’re at a Ferrari dealership, looking at Testarossas. The Ferrari is the most perfectly engineered car ever built; the innovation and precision which go into its design and construction are unheard of in other automobiles, and each one carries a price tag to match.
Down the street is a Ford lot, where the dealer tells you that his trucks are dependable, reliable and safe. Undoubtedly, this is true. Ford makes quality trucks and cars which are stylish and affordable. Further, the Ford dealer points out, the main purpose of any vehicle is to get you from Point A to Point B, and a Ford will do that just as certainly as a Ferrari (he knows you’ve been at the Ferrari dealership down the street). Also, his cars cost a fraction of what the Italian sportscars cost. They’ll get you around, he promises, just as well as the Ferraris, and won’t bankrupt you doing it.
The Ford dealer is right, of course. But what he doesn’t mention is that, while his truck might get you from Point A to Point B as surely as something else, a Ferrari will get you there a lot faster… and you’ll really enjoy the ride.