During the last year or so in the world of American politics, it seems as if there is an epic battle raging. This book is a portion of Haidt’s book The Righteous Mind broken out as a standalone essay to give an overview of left and right political affiliation.
“…but in the real world there seems to be no alternative to a political process in which parties compete to win votes and money. That competition always involves trickery and demagoguery, as politicians play fast and loose with the truth, using their inner press secretaries to portray themselves in the best possible light and their opponents as fools who would lead the country to ruin. ”
“…many Americans feel that they’re on a ship that’s sinking, and the crew is too busy fighting with each other to bother plugging the leaks.”
Referencing an Australian study showing how our stance Conservative or Liberal is tied to your genes. I have never heard this talked about in previous discussions. This study shows that conservatives brains are wired to act more strongly than liberals to signs of danger, and liberals brains seem to be stronger on the sensation-seeks spectrum.
“A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life” ~ John Stuart Hill 1859
All throughout this book, Haidt discusses how conservative and liberals are wired differently. They each approach societal struggles in a different way but Haidt calls for the approach of Yin and Yang. That each side has their strengths and each side has their weaknesses, that in order to be a true greater society we will have to learn to work together.