6/18/2019

Sympathy as social virtue: Adam Smith’s solution for disruption

"In our workplaces and economic partnerships, for example, Smith observed sympathy at work. “Colleagues in office, partners in trade, call one another brothers; and frequently feel towards one another as if they really were so,” Smith writes. “Their good agreement is an advantage to all; and, if they are tolerably reasonable people, they are naturally disposed to agree. We expect that they should do so; and their disagreement is a sort of a small scandal.” What if we embodied those partnerships with more intentionality in our empathy and attitudes—building, rather than settling, on that basic foundation?"