Recently I came across an NPR news item of Moral Theory by John Haidt. It’s very interesting as it talks about how people make moral choices and decisions. It’s a groundbreaking masterpiece. It explains a lot about liberals and conservatives and is very helpful in helping people understand other people’s outlooks. There is also a website at Moralfoundations.org http://faculty.virginia.edu/haidtlab/mft/index.php?t=home that is very helpful. Basically liberals believe in two guiding principles of Harm/Care and Justice/Reciprocity. Conservatives believe in Harm/Care, Justice/Reciprocity but they also believe equally in other things. Conservatives also believe that Authority, InGroup/Loyalty, & Purity/Sanctity are important considerations for moral choices. This creates a large gap in the two groups of liberals and conservatives understanding one another. Which are you? Can you see the other side?
Another good quote:
The Great events of world history are, at bottom, profoundly unimportant. In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the individual.
This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations first take place, and the whole future, the whole history of the world, ultimately spring as a gigantic summation from these hidden sources in individuals.
In our most private and most subjective lives we are not only the passive witnesses of our age, and it’s sufferers, but also its makers. We make our own epoch.
C. G. Jung 1934