I am reading Almost Home (2012), a moving biography of an immigrant’s complicated journey to these shores – how he got here and what it means. The author is H.C. “Keo” Calvalcanti, a former colleague.
I’ll have more to say about the book in a later post, but wanted to digress for a musical moment.
Cavalcanti reflects on Antonín Dvořák’s sojourn in America in the 1890s, and the writing of the wonderful “New World” Symphony that is evocative of the promise and allure of this land.
I dug up a version on YouTube that is worth hearing, and it has an amazing set of photographs that capture the era: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MLvIGHCUAg
What does any of this have to do with ethics in economics? Our minds provide a window into the lives of other people, and shared moral sentiments are the basis for feelings about justice. Adam Smith was convinced that the arts were essential for deepening our experiences of sympathy, and hence for creating a better world.
Take a moment to listen to this great music, and study these stunning portraits, and see if your heart is not a wee bit fuller, and more open, than before.