Have you ever wondered why some people who identify as conservative get so angry when things change even for the better? Why do people want to change things? Why can't they leave well enough alone? Things have worked fine for a long time.
This anger manifests itself at all levels from small groups to entire populations. For example, many organizations will be functioning just fine until someone wants to change something for the better. All agree it is the right thing to do. The change is made and the organization falls apart. People get angry. Blame is placed. The church, the club, the society, the government are thrown into turmoil, splinter and possibly dissolve.
Republicans resist the Democrats. Tea Parties form and resist change. Extreme religious militias plot violence and rebellion. Organizations including churches and governments lose sight of their original vision. What's up with this?
In my opinion, it is a conflict between the progressive and reactionary social natures of people. I suspect a person's social outlook on life is a product of their experiences and less a product of nature - their genetics. I am not a social scientist by any stretch of the imagination. These are simply my observations.
Let's take a look at some definitions and see if you agree or chose to disagree.
Reactionary versus Progressivism creates quite a dynamic within society. Change is difficult work for most people. It is easier to dream about the good old days and avoid current reality. Reality is people living in marginalized groups without equal rights. Reality is oppression by the wealthy, white, chauvinistic hierarchy dominating all others. Reality is poverty, homeless and hunger. These are just a few of the current issues reactionary / conservative people refuse to address because change for them is too difficult.
Change is easier for those who are affected by all of these modern day issues. It is not hard to change if you have nothing to lose. It is not hard to demand equality when you are not treated equally. It is not hard to demand change when you cannot afford health care, food or shelter because you are discriminated against by employers and do not stand a chance at gainful employment.
Every person has the right to choose whether they want to live in the past or move ahead. The other option is to learn from the past, live in the moment and plan for the future. There can be no history if one always lives in the past because there will be no future.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 4/10/2010 10:39:00 AM