Adam Smith’s idea that, ‘the best result comes from everyone in the group doing what’s best for himself’. Adam Smith had said: “In competition, individual ambition serves the common good.
John Nash claimed that Adam Smith was wrong:
“Because the best result will come…from everyone in the group doing what’s best for himself…and the group. “He envisioned a scenario — a bargaining strategy — in which nobody loses..”
Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
I think maybe Jesus was on to something here when it comes to governing dynamics and holistic principle.
We speak often of holistic principles when trying to bring others around to our way of thinking, which is not a bad thing if that is indeed our goal (?).
I believe though that in a lot of cases some people are left out, thus the whole of hoilstic is not truly being achieved, as long as a part of the holistic process is not being properly addressed the end result will not be truly holistic and you in the end will have done damage to the very name of holistic.
Smith and Nash quotes are taken from: http://econsiseasy.blogspot.com/2009/02/is-economics-science.html
Jesus quote taken from: Matthew 22:37-40 – ESV