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Reading Notes September 7th

Reading Notes September 7th - Carter Whittington Jordan...

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Carter Whittington Jordan Radke SOCI 415 7 September 2011 Reading Notes 9/7 In summary, Smith starts off talking about how human nature tends to favor the self over anyone else. He gives an example of how if China was swallowed up by an earthquake man’s natural tendency would be to first feel remorse, then contemplate it a little only to forget about it and go on to one’s own desires. He then says that if one was to lose a finger they wouldn’t sleep that night, but he or she would sleep fine even though millions of other people had just died tragically. Smith then moves on to a discussion about how a poor man desires the riches he observes others with and how he will toil his entire life to achieve these only to realize that they brought no more tranquility to his life than he already had. A poor man desires these things, but does not realize he already had everything he needs. Furthermore he talks about how both the rich and the poor are on the same level in terms of peace of body and mind.
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