What makes some conservatives quite fearful of growth & change? What makes some conservatives
adopt a rigid, limited mindset?
Grace, I don't buy into your presumption.
You say growth, and change but it is meaningless unless you define what you mean specifically. Where and what is the growth, and what is the change?
And who are these conservatives that you mention?
delete my comment after you read it.
I won't delete your comment, you're entitled to your synopsis of the question. I NEVER delete intelligent answers.
Thanks. My comment was an inquiry and it didn't answer your ?, so I like to give the option to delete.
No deletion. Your response is still an answer and will be retained. I see nothing wrong w/inquiry. I NEVER delete answers. Your answer is retained.
There was a TED talk on the personality differences between political orientations. The biggest differences were:
1 liberals are much more likely to be novelty seeking
2 conservatives are much easier to disgust
3 liberals tend to measure morality based on how angry / upset someone is, while conservatives tend to follow rules based morality
1. Liberals assume new is better and flock to the new (or old thing in a new name), while conservatives by nature are going to conserve the traditions that have worked pretty well for society. Liberals, in general, want to wreck what works and try to build something new, without much thought about the gritty details and lofty assumptions of how it works.
2. In the case of the "disgust", you get a much greater tendency in conservatives to value sexual purity and devalue non-normal sex acts. For liberals, the sexually exotic is something to cherish, regardless of health effects like disease rates. (Like homosexuals being 2% of population and 50% of HIV cases due to promiscuity, and even married ones only monogomish with cheating on the side.)
The rules based ethics for conservatives makes determining right and wrong straightforward. For liberals, that is frustrating - what about these complex situations? But for people in the bottom half of the population, situational ethics is too complex - you get a breakdown of society when you take away the simple rules. See the 60%+ illegitimacy rate for the working class since the sexual revolution and dropping marriage rate, while for the upper college educated class, marriage rates are back to 70%+ and illegitimacy less than 5%.
Given that we know bad life outcomes from dropping out of school to going to jail to becoming homeless to mentally ill are ALL two to three times higher for children born to a single mother (and cohabitating parents are almost as bad), breaking down the family by saying marriage doesn't matter when you have kids is responsible for the now inter-generational poverty.
And privileging the most upset or offended person over the rights of others (freedom of speech, freedom of association) has led to social justice warriors who think their right to not be offended includes the right to disrupt events, threaten speakers and attendees and demand freedoms of others be permanently eliminated, because feelings trump written rights of others.
Because liberals' novelty seeking gives preference to the smallest minority, the rights of the majority are ignored.
I believe it's human nature for people to long for a "known past" over an "uncertain future". One adage is "People are creatures of habit."
Attend any two day seminar where there are no assigned seats. The second day you'll notice most people sit in the same chair both days.
Tradition is also ingrained. Suggest having pizza and buffalo wings instead of turkey for your next family Thanksgiving gathering.
Change is often born out of conflict, struggle, or necessity.
Whenever change is afoot people become anxious and insecure. They want and need things to be "predictable" in order to feel safe and assured. Changes are unsettling for many people.
Last but not least people hate feeling (forced) to adapt to anything.
You really didn't address Conservatives here, your answer is generic.It seemed the Conservative aspect was the core of the ?
bradmasterOCcal, I believe Conservatives are people too!
Liberals or "progressives" naturally seek to make changes or want to break from traditions especially when it comes to social and personal freedoms.
Conservatives talk of "going back".
Yes, they are included in people, but my point was your comment was generic.
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