The foundation of Capitalism and Eastern Philosophies can be met

March 19, 2017

 

I guess you might have the same impression as mine as follows:

 

When you read the paragraph in below from Adam Smith, you might not believe it is from the founding father of the Capitalism , the foundation of Economics and country governance--- Adam Smith. The quotes are from one of his earlier works in 1759 but also the most important one, The Theory of the Sentiment. 

 

The interesting thing is in the lines of what he elaborated about the foundation and the contradiction of human beings, you can also sense the similarity of it with that in all eastern philosophical works and yoga sutras, such as Laozi

 

(the Taoist guru back to more than 2000 years ago). It shows that what we are seeking for, as human being in this universe, is always simultaneously an adjusting behavioral series between self-regarding and other-regarding, no matter what, when, and with whom. How to make ourselves truly happy, and how to find our position and status in between self and others, how to balance our morality to others while being of prosperous for self? you might get some insights and more thoughts from what Smith stated in below. 

 

"The administration of the great system of the universe ... the care of the universal happiness of all rational and sensible beings, is the business of God and not of man. To man is allotted a much humbler department, but one much more suitable to the weakness of his powers, and to the narrowness of his comprehension: the care of his own happiness, of that of his family, his friends, his country.... But though we are ... endowed with a very strong desire of those ends, it has been entrusted to the slow and uncertain determinations of our reason to find out the proper means of bringing them about. Nature has directed us to the greater part of these by original and immediate instincts. Hunger, thirst, the passion which unites the two sexes, and the dread of pain, prompt us to apply those means for their own sakes, and without any consideration of their tendency to those beneficent ends which the great Director of nature intended to produce by them."

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