The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

by Mark Lovett on May 12, 2012

Considering the plethora of important issues facing planet earth, the need to engage in conversation that cross both political and ideological lines has never been greater.  In recent years, conversations in America between Liberals and Conservatives have devolved to the point where there’s rarely an exchange of meaning information, but rather an exchange of heated rhetoric that bares little resemblance to the truth.

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In this TED Talk from 2008, Jonathan Haidt speaks to the differences in the liberal and conservative moral compasses, but more importantly to the need for us all to understand both points of view and both sets of moral values in order to create a better world.  This is a point that all political parties should pay attention to.

Yin and Yang ImageI’m also reminded of the passage below from Fritjof Capra‘s book, The Turning Point, in which he describes the contrasting aspects of Yin and Yang, as well as the need for both to be present in a balanced, harmonious society.

Self assertion is achieved by displaying Yang behavior; by being demanding, aggressive, competitive, expanding, and – as far as human behavior is concerned – by using linear, analytic thinking. Integration is furthered by Yin behavior; by being responsive, cooperative, intuitive, and aware of one’s environment. Both Yin and Yang, integrative and self-assertive tendencies, are necessary for harmonious social and ecological relationships.

As Global Patriots, it’s important to see the balance between Yin and Yang!

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