My Fellow Americans, Let Us Return To A MUCH SIMPLER Time-Are YOU Serious?
Conservatives FEAR, Even Being THREATENED By Change, Why
The PAST Was So MUCH Better, SIMPLER Than It is NOW
WHAT Is This World COMING To
Why Are So Many Conservatives So Afraid of Change And The New
Every day we hear many conservatives pine wishfully for the good, old days where things were supposedly simple. Either that or they assert that we as a nation need to return to the so-called sterling values and beliefs of the old days. They constantly bemoan the "fall" of and "the continuing decay" as a result of increasing liberalization and modernization of society.
Such conservatives vehemently detest the concept of progress particularly where it comes to women's and LGBT issues. According to them, the increased liberalization and the broadening of women's and LGBT people's roles and lifestyles are destroying so-called family values. They assert that women are better off if they accept their preordained societal roles and that LGBT people should repent of their decadent ways and/or be silent regarding their sexual orientation.
There are conservatives who consistently contend that America was a better country when there were strict gender dichotomization; an exact moral code; unquestioningly cooperative, obedient, and unobtrusive children;servilely happy people of color,and submissive women. Such conservatives lament that people today are too individualized and aware of their human and civil rights.
Many conservatives bemoan that there are far too many rights in America today, citing that one group or another is always demanding equal rights of one sort or another. They claim that some people actually have the unmitigated audacity to assert that they are entitled to equal rights and fair treatment. They are totally nonplussed at this, believing that everyone just cannot have their individual rights as there are societal constraints which are instituted for the good of the whole. They assert that society needs constraints and the more, the better.
Many conservatives attest that situational morality and/or moral relativism is slowly eroding what they consider to be the core American values. They contend that morality is preordained and therefore, it should never be altered just for the convenience of a postmodern society. They maintain that a uniform moral code exists for the cohesion and ultimate betterment of society and it should be strictly adhered to.
The problem with postmodern society according to many conservatives is there no clear demarcation regarding moral strictures. They are dismayed at the concept of each individual having the right to have his/her beliefs and desires as long as it is not interfering with others. In essence, they staunchly believe in a one size fits all consensus. In that way, they argue, American society is more stable and secure. They maintain that American society is quite unstable because of its overly individualized situational morality. They argue that the modernization of American society is causing its decline. They insist that if this liberalization and modernization do not cease, American society was plummet to an abysmal point of no return.
The average conservative pine for the values and beliefs of a bygone era because those values represent stability and certainty in their lives. They believe that the old ways are better because of its inherent validity and veracity. To them, older and more traditional values represent comfort and a secure bulwark in a world gone completely awry. Their fierce protection of and adherence to older and more traditional values is analogous to a baby who is clutching a security blanket for dear life.
Furthermore, old and traditional values represent familiarity to many conservative. According to this dictum, familiarity is indeed the spice of life. Many conservatives contend that values of the past are lasting and practical. They maintain that these values have been passed through generations which account for its relevance to postmodern America. In essence, these values are long standing, tried, and true.
This probably explains why conservatives are distrustful of the new. To many conservatives, changes and innovations represent a disturbance to the old social order. Change further represent discomfort and unease to many conservatives because it is unknown and untried. They are so accustomed to doing things in a predestined way that anything that is divergent from their usual way of doing things is quite suspect.
For instance, many conservatives want to repeal Roe vs Wade and put more strictures on women's right to choice. They are even advocating that there should be no medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood. There is another instance of repealing the 2009 Equal Pay Amendment Act which negatively impacts women as well as other protected classes facing pay disparity on the job.
There was even instances of instituting and implementing a Personhood Amendment which strongly asserted that life begins at fertilization. Many conservatives do not wish for women to have equal rights with men. They are threatened by the fact that women are individuals in their own rights and are no longer appendages of men. Modern women's roles and lifestyles are quite upsetting to conservatives who are more comfortable with women assuming more traditional roles such as housewives and mothers. This is why many conservatives are quite uncomfortable with the increasing freedoms of women in the work place and beyond.
The issue of the equality of LGBT people is a crux among conservatives. Many conservatives believe that being gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgendered as an aberration and affront to the general heterosexual population. Some conservatives believe that LGBT people should have remained in the closet instead of asserting their rights to have equal human rights. They consider the issue of the equality of LGBT people to be affront to the American family. To the conservative, a family consists of and/or should of a couple(preferably of opposite genders) and children. According to them, no couple of the same sex is considered to be part of a family unit. To them, that would be quite egregious.
There is a contention of the issue of gay marriage. Even though more enlightened and progressive states are allowing gay marriages, it is an issue of vehement contention among conservative elements. They inanely maintain that marriage should be between a man and a woman because the purpose of marriage should be ultimately procreation. Really, gay couples can and do adopt children.
Many Conservatives are mistrustful of the new because of fear. They fear the unknown and the uncertainty of attempting anything new. They are also fearful of thinking outside of their prescribed value system. They program themselves to think in a certain way. By adhering to their particular paradigm, they are assured that they will get results. They wish not to deviate from their prescribed paradigm because they would not be sure of what results will be obtained. This also accounts why they are often resistant to those who represent a different philosophy than theirs. The element is again fear. They want everyone to be the same because that way it would be an inherent uniformity and cohesion. In their estimation, if everyone decides to be different, then there is no cultural and moral cohesion so to speak.
Typical conservatives are furthermore quite fearful of change and innovation because frankly they would not know how to handle it! They are so comfortable and adept with the familiar that the unfamiliar will astound them and the last thing they want to be is unsure about a situation. They would rather be comfortable if they stagnate than to be a little bit uncomfortable thus growing from the process.
However, change and evolvement is a fact of life. It is the law of nature that a species must adapt to and grow with the environment if they wish to survive and exist. Those species who do not adapt to their environment eventually become extinct. Change is constant and inevitable. Society will constantly evolve and transform with or without one's participation. No matter how one avidly tries to avoid change and wants things to remain the same, it cannot. People who are adaptable to change and process are the ones who thrive while those who resistant to change, eventually become stagnant in more ways than one.
In summation, many conservatives prefer things to be the ways it has always been. This is what makes them comfortable and secure. They maintain that American society would be more stable and happier if it returns to the more uniform values of a past era.
There are conservatives who find the increasing liberalization and modernization of American society to be a bane and discomfort to their existence. This aforementioned is quite disturbing the sense of order and continuity to many conservatives. They fear and distrust the newer values because of its unfamiliarity and uncertainty. They are clearly uneasy at what they consider to be inconsistent values.
The average conservative does not want change because the old values have a proven validity and veracity that the newer values do not have. What they refuse to acknowledge and realize is that society will always evolve either with or without one's involvement in the process. This is an undisputed fact of life and a law of nature. One must either evolve or remain the same and atrophy.
© 2012 Grace Marguerite Williams
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