Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom



Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for practical wisdom as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
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46 responses to Barry Schwartz: Our loss of wisdom

  1. also 18:32 till the end, that's the foundation then the mastery of chosen skill comes next
    & then maybe we'll have a better world

  2. This from a guy that doesn't want you to be able to choose from a million different things but only from a couple of curated, already distilled, things that someone else chose.

  3. 'Become A Great Wise Adviser.'
    Lead by good example;
    For wherever you go! Many will follow.

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  4. Police in China, USA shoot first, think later, like a lowlife criminal, not all of them but that is what my experience is.

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  6. Being a plaything of the wind is unwise. Kindness nor improvisation are in need of being dictated by anxious types. It creates more anxiety.

  7. Provocative, inspiring and a great eye opener to see things from different perspective. Amazing – Loved the wisdom shared thing this talk. Kudos!!!!

  8. The spirit of the law should prevale the letter of the law – and this comes from Jesus – with regards of the lemonade issue.As for Bill Gates, I suppose his level of knowledge exeeded the one of the of the school he abandoned, so his level of whisdom incresed by that. Similar, young Chopin, advised by his former piano teacher who obviosly knew him well, did not enroll to music academy in Paris, cultivating thus his originality, which turned into genious.

  9. At the turn of the 20th Century, Philosophy was as academically rigorous as Mathematics and any field of Science today you can point to – in fact, Philosophy defined the very rules of every Science that we use today. BUT, Philosophy has an even greater claim – not only was it of high academic rigor, not only did it set the rules for science with which we use today, but every discipline separate from Philosophy was borne out of Philosophy.

    At the turn of the 20th C. it was one of the highest esteemed disciplines in Academia. The vestiges are still present in the older Fortune 500 CEOs in America. This is why the expected return on a Philosophy degree is oddly inflated.

    Philosophy held high esteem through the 50s and arguably into the 60s; indeed, A.I. was used to be only relegated to Philosophy departments up until the last 10-15 years. But after the counter Culture movement injected Eastern Religions into the discipline, and after the Continental European Philosophy became so far beyond the reach of most Academics, and with institutionalized mediocrity starting with Reagan and carried through to Bush II, Philosophy had been systematically and, at times, purposefully ripped apart, and it has damaged American Academia to a level unprecedented.

    Today, Philosophy is just as rigorous, it is immensely difficult, but the anti-intellectualism that has been taken over the last several decades of American education treats Philosophy as a joke, something to be lampooned.

    But Ethics, Epistemology, Ontology, and Metaphysics – lampoon them all you want. It doesn't matter anymore. I am a Philosopher and I will not help with the absolute insane situation that has been created in America; I doubt any real Philosopher would after all that's happened. So how did you lose wisdom? The Love of Wisdom (Philosophy) was rejected and shunned by hate of wisdom. And now America has to move forward with that choice. So don't complain about the absurd ideas that are everywhere, the loss of wisdom – cause you fucking deserve it. And I'll enjoy pushing absurdities onto other absurdities, leading people in insane directions because we Philosophers hold the keys to rationalism and can enter into any discourse with which we created. So, you ask for wisdom now, but you've been begging for insanity for much much longer. As a Philosopher, I will deliver upon each request as it was received.

    American society has no right to complain.

  10. Prophets of every Faith are teachers of wisdom… "The aim of the prophet of God is to raise man to the degree of knowledge of his potentiality and to illumine him through the light of the kingdom, to transform ignorance into wisdom, injustice into justice, error into knowledge, cruelty into affection and incapability into progress." – Abdu’l-Baha

  11. It's sad, but people enjoy the sence of the power of other that's under neath themselves this is how human nature is, as sad as it is.

  12. Great respect for Barry's words. For some reason when I hear him I remember A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (11th President of India).

  13. Is Ted serving the king of mystery Babylon.

    I love Mike and these others. I don't see enough of it in the hellbound corporations where I have worked.

    The management cares not at all about doing right and discouraged this kind of creativity in employees.

    It brutalizes employees and mind fecks them.

    It treats them like children while confusing them with contradictory instructions, inadequate training, habitual lying, and it refuses to listen to them or correct anything they are asked to correct.

    Incentives. Cash is the best incentive, but it is not handled correctly. I'm talking about the square root rule. Jordan Peterson talks about it. Every job at every level can be professionalized, and moralized, by using it. The square root of the number of the employees at any job do 50 percent of the work. If this were expressed in pay, three out of ten janitors would be like Mike, and earning on average at least twice as much as most of their peers for the same work.

    They should be respected at work and everyone knows the employer best shows his respect and appreciation with cash. Not with lip service and empty hands.

    Who earns the pay.

    They bludgeon employees with the claim that the customer cuts their paycheck. Stupid mysticism. Money may come originally from the customer, but the lion's share of the money goes to the company and it's owners and managers, as well as to the government through taxation.

    The lions share of the service and hard labor is done by the lowest employees.

    They already earn many times their pay and most of it is taken by people who don't earn it.

    If that's the way the management wants to put it, let the customers pay every worker directly, and let each worker decide what products and services he needs to purchase from which manager and which supplier for the customers.

    The delusion that the lowest employees are working for the customers is ridiculous. They don't make the rules and policies, nor do they select the products that are offered. They are allowed almost no autonomy or authority.

    Don't try to pull the wool over their eyes. Quit lying to them in fluent propaganda. The employer who oppresses them cuts their wretched paychecks, and pays little attention to the quality of service. But they know what is expected of them for their poor wages. They bleat and acquiesce to whatever nonsense they are told.

    They are the lost souls of mystery Babylon. They have learned to accept any babble without question.

    Who can free them.

    Can the order form forth from the king.

    I will ask my grandfather for the title.

    King of Mystery Babylon

    Morning Soon

  14. 👍 3:35 “Practical wisdom," Aristotle told us, "is the combination of moral will and moral skill.” ― Barry Schwartz

  15. …If you run an organisation, you should be sure that none of the jobs, none of the jobs have job description like the job description of the janitors…

  16. This is wisdom to live by as I consider bureaucracy to be the mother of rules I will talk about bureaucracy I wonder if this is what Max Weber meant when he said bureaucracy is the Iron Fist The Kills humans spirit I've long believed this to be true however we need bureaucracy for bureaucracy is what makes fairness for the masses and I'm sorry we're all the masses so with that said my theory is perhaps the masses need to control the bureaucracy rather than the bureaucracy controlling the masses the way this is achieved is through critical thinking I completely agree that uman beings are moral I think it's in our genetics and when we allow bureaucracy to control us these morality lines become fuzzy and gray which gives us justification for our bad behaviors some would say it's for their own Survival others would say it's for the survival of the bureaucracy we're human beings we're real good at justifying our bad behavior and bureaucracy gives us that crutch when we allow it to control us but that's just my opinion😆

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