A Lexicon of Social Well-Being by NA NA, Luigino Bruni

By NA NA, Luigino Bruni

We needs to fast how you can dwell good on the earth because it is this present day, together with the world of labor. we have to research a brand new vocabulary of economics and markets that's superior to appreciate the current global and that's more likely to supply us the instruments to behave, and maybe enhance it in addition.

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In markets there is implicit cooperation, which is weak and nonintentional; in the firm and in organizations in general we find instead explicit cooperation, which is strong and purposeful – two types of cooperation, two “cities” that are profoundly and naturally different from each other. However, this is not the only type of cooperation in markets. The European – and particularly the Latin – version of cooperation in the markets was different, because its cultural and religious origins were communal, not individualistic.

1 He wrote this in 1933, but it seems to have been written today. “Immodesty,” or arrogance, is not the sole prerogative of economic science, since it is a well-known universal anthropological trait. At certain times, however, the economic community is affected by a particularly stubborn and widespread form of immodesty. Faced with obvious deficiencies and errors in their discipline, instead of giving in to the force of facts and questioning their own views, humbly revising old certainties and dogmas, they stubbornly turn to criticize those who criticize them.

A globalized and equal society is full of peers, increasing opportunities for envy. Rather than just envy people that are better than us, we should respect and cooperate with them. In an unchanging world, where everyone “eats from a single pie,” advantages gained by one are detrimental to his or her peers. This is called a “zero-sum game” (a participant’s gains are exactly equal to the losses of the other participant or participants). This situation triggers envious feelings and reactions. However, zero-sum game relationships rarely exist in reality.

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