Every once in a while I run across something on YouTube that is interesting and unusually upbeat. This video made me aware of something I knew which I found interesting but that fact that others find it interesting as well. Adam Smith is probably best known for his book Wealth of Nations but his little known and more fascinating work is the one these people are talking about – The Theory of Moral Sentiments.
I read both these book a long time ago but I am thinking of revisiting them. The nice thing about old authors is that usually their works are far shorter than today. The downside is that authors like this do write in a style that is fairly foreign to us today. I suppose I am a little weird in that I like old style writing and understand it much better. They knew how to get the most out of every word and had a far more immense vocabulary than most people do today.
I liked Adams Smith’s view that we are self-interested but that is not necessarily a bad thing. We are flawed but complicated. I have been long looking for someone to engage on human nature that is not necessarily a theologian. Perhaps Adam Smith and this book on morality would be a good one to begin with. It is a more refreshing and optimistic time and view of human nature.