- Nov 27, 2007
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- Louisville, Ky
- Political Leaning
- Slightly Liberal
Very well said madam! Thus, my acknowledgement of human action and selflessness in the case of tragedy and chaos. Men will die for eachother in war, people will work hard and sacrifice in times such as Katrina, however the trick to moving society forward and elevating man from something more than just another animal is to have people act and think in such ways during the mundane and everyday life.People are more individual than you may think. There is a difference between being in touch with your genuine self and 'individualism'. Not everyone has 'self satisfaction' as the most prominent part of their nature. Paul's link does give one way of looking at how that may be created. Myself I would prefer a free society where people can be creative and conscious of who they are rather than having a life addicted to the grind with little time to share with children and being so out of touch with myself through overwork that I cannot give so much to them anyway ...and like it or not that is a big symptom of our societies at the current time.
I'm not making a personal point about you.
The statement you quoted of Adam Smith is a stereotype of humans and one that certainly suits the rich and powerful far more than Joe Blogs. I don't think it works. We have only been trying it for a few years in the UK and look what it did to us. Greed is good did not work.
Friedman saw humans as lonely. People who are like Robinson Crusoe's. People basically out of touch with their inner feeling selves so that all the can do is be selfish. It is a horrific concept of the potential of human beings and one that sees possibly the lowest type existence as the one to strive for.
I agree that we can strive for more, however our tendency to prefer routines and to fall into step makes this a hard venture indeed.