Saturday, February 02, 2008
Are Liberals and Conservatives simply wired differently?
Recent research suggests that Liberals and Conservatives have very similar consciences. They are equally interested in "doing the right thing." However, conservatives tend to put the group over the individual, whereas liberals believe that individuals have primacy. So Liberals are more likely to be anti any war, because casualties come first, while conservatives will put honor and supporting the "team" first. Liberals will support programs which help the poor, while conservatives are more likely to allow some members to society to go under because they believe it strengthens society. So each cares about an ethical imperative, but it is simply read in a different way. Understanding this in others may be a huge step towards genuine bi-partisan actions.