Well for one thing, you probably have hair, and I don’t.
BUT, that’s not the difference I mean. I mean what makes us tick…our morals, values, belief system. We have different beliefs about religion, politics, America, Immigration, abortion, gay marriage, Obamacare, Medicare, Social Security, national defense, and on and on. We have never been so polarized and our government has frozen. In 2011 Congress set the record for legislative futility. In 2012 they were even worse. This year is far behind last year. At least last year they named a few post offices. What gives? What gives is the entrenched differences in our belief systems.
In a society that has become as divided as ours, liberals and conservatives, seculars and believers should appreciate that each side didn’t just pluck their values off a shelf; they came by their principles as honestly as their opponent.Why call them names?
If you would like to understand the “other side” then I have a book I recommend you read. I finished it a few months back and I finally wanted to mention it in this space.
It’s called “The Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt. It is subtitled: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. I guarantee the book is not about changing anybody’s values, but it helps to understand the other guy’s mind, and where he is coming from.
The author explains the 6 foundational moral intuitions. Notice the word is intuitions, not emotions. David Hume said “reason must never be slave to the passions.” However, Haidt asserts that intuitions come first, strategic moral reasoning second. Each of us hold on to our own principles so righteously that we are unable to appreciate other views. Many of these values stretch back to the earliest days of our species’ life history.
I mentioned the SIX MORAL INTUITIONS and they are Care/Harm, Fairness/Cheating, Liberty/Oppression, Authority/Subversion, Loyalty/Betrayal and Sanctity/Degradation.
If you have a moment, I urge you to check out an interesting website. Three universities are conducting a private survey on these very same moral foundations. You can see where you stand in relation to liberals and conservatives by going to: www.YourMorals.org. When you click on the site take the Moral Foundations Questionnaire. When you have finished a cool graph pops up and places you on the chart compared to others. It only takes a few minutes and the questions are interesting.