Had Better Adjust To It: We Must Constantly Grow and Change Or We........Stagnate!
Conservative elements in our society just do not get it. They prefer to live in the matter and ways of the past. Well, I have got news for them? The past is past. To want to things as there were in the past is totally atavistic. We are living in the postmodern times and we must constantly innovate newer and better ways of doing things and living life. Sure, many people find security in the past; however, having a premise that we should return to the old ways of living is totally impractical in this postmodern era. We must constantly grow and be open to newer methods as a species or we will atrophy mentally and psychologically! What is your premise regarding this?
Conservative politicians get that, too. But, fortunately for them their herd do not, which is why they take their flock back to the past as the right way to live.(the landowners achieved so much when they were able to convince their flock that the greatest reward was to earn a place in heaven, by working hard on this earth, for little reward. Meanwhile, the landowners got stinking rich) In order to progress, we need to look forward and expand on our previous learning. Education is key.
I note that you have put this post in education and science, sociology and anthropology etc. Personally, I believe they are interlinked. I also feel (as an atheist) that when the religious (although I acknowledge that many religious people already accept this) accept that all human beings are equal, and that they are not in a position to make judgements. We will have made good progress, and we will begin to start a positive dialogue about OUR futures.
You are underestimating the benefits of stagnation.
Innovation is what occurs when innovation is tangibly (yes, monetarily) rewarded. Stagnation is what occurs when it is not.
The issue of need is a different issue on which both sides seem to have twisted views. The far right will tend to allow people to suffer, the far left will tend to enable learned helplessness in people who, given the right opportunities, could stand on their own. Both attitudes contribute to stagnation, as they both breed an underclass which survives by leaching off the rest of society, be it through crime or tax dollars. The real solution, as it so often does, lies somewhere in the middle.
Plenty of liberals want to live in the past. They want to go back to Bill Clinton. They buy antiques and old paintings. They listen to 60's and 70's music.
Just because one is conservative, does not mean they prefer to live in the past. They mostly don't want the government to take their hard earned money and redistribute it to those who have not prepared themselves to take care of themselves. They also prefer to keep government from running their everyday lives. Conservatives think for themselves, they do not need a government nanny.
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