As we've watched the economic crisis unfold in Greece this year, and Greek citizens taking to the streets to protest the financial situation there, we've wondered why the same thing hasn't happened in America. Why haven’t we heard more outrage from the increasingly squeezed American people?
Barry Schwartz, professor of psychology at Swarthmore College, author of The Paradox of Choice, and now the co-author of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, joins fellow co-author Kenneth Sharpe, professor of political science at Swarthmore College, to talk about the need to put politics aside in our everyday interactions and how we should base our personal and professional decisions on something more innate: empathy, intellect, and experience.
We frequently hear terms like “common sense” and “street smarts.” But what about “practical wisdom”? A concept first identified by Aristotle, practical wisdom is something Swarthmore professors Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe believe needs a comeback. They insist that it could help our institutions and communities and our nation. But what is practical wisdom? And how might it help something like Obama’s presidency?
We turn up the volume on the voices in our heads, and try to get to the bottom of what really steers our decisions.