Save up to 17% on the price of your tickets! It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate. How Much Is Enough?: Buddhist and Western Perspectives on Greed, Prosperity, and Happiness Evening Program on Zoom Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET Code: 1K0099 Tickets Login $25 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $30 - Non-Member Resize text remove add (Royal Library in Copenhagen) PROGRAM DESCRIPTION It has become fashionable in recent decades to assert that greed is good—or more accurately, that greed can be a productive force for good. This is not a new idea: As early as the 18th century, philosophers such as Adam Smith noted that vices such as avarice and vanity contributed to the advancement of society by spurring industry and prosperity. At the same time, Smith was deeply aware of the social and psychological costs of a competitive market system—not least anxiety, inauthenticity, inequality, and indifference to the misery of the poor. He frequently observed how the relentless pursuit of wealth disrupts the tranquility and contentment necessary to human happiness. Modern critics of free-market capitalism have long complained that it promotes economic growth at the expense of virtue and happiness. But does the capitalist model for alleviating poverty force us to choose between the useful and the good? Is some measure of unhappiness simply the price we pay for human progress? Though it may seem an unlikely source, the Buddhist tradition offers us a useful conceptual framework for thinking about this question, asserts Steven M. Emmanuel, dean of the Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities at Virginia Wesleyan University. He finds many places in the canonical literature where the Buddha speaks directly to the benefits and the dangers of wealth acquisition as it pertains to happiness. These texts describe an ennobling form of economic activity that is not only compatible with moral and spiritual growth, but promotes the conditions for a peaceful, prosperous, and happy society. What we find here, says Emmanuel, is an account of human progress that values economic freedom while posing a robust challenge to the valorization of greed in Western libertarian accounts of prosperity. PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.