Christian Long

Jonathon Haidt: Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

In TED Talks on April 12, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Reflection by DAVID K.

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Jonathan Haidt: Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

According to this video the main difference separating Democrats and Republicans are their moral roots. The largest contributing difference between the two parties is their attitudes toward openness to experience, meaning their understanding for other cultures and ways of thinking.

Democrats tend to welcome new ideas and experiences, while Republicans rather stick with traditional beliefs. The good news is both of these attitudes are completely fine. The bad news is people are making stereotypical jokes that Jonathan Haidt both acknowledged and demonstrated during his TED Talk. However at the climax of the video, Haidt explained how both liberal views and conservative views both have something to contribute to each other and can coincide in an equilibrium for our society.

The will to tolerate morals that oppose your own is the first of two steps in creating this equilibrium between the two parties.

Why should you care if other people have a different view than yours when it comes to political topics similar to abortion, gay marriage, religion,ext? Why should you impose your own beliefs and morals on others? Is it really going to hurt your own self-being seeing others believe or oppose your ideas? If it doesn’t physically/mentally hurt you why should you care?

This is the moral attitude we all need to find within us to be able to find peace in our society.

The second step to create this equilibrium is to find a way to work together. Jonathan Haidt explained that groups tend to drop the openness to experience ideas all together. Implying this new obtained attitude could make it easier to form a group that could be stable and having a good attitude towards openness to experience without falling apart or creating a strict society.

Using these two steps to close the gap separating the difference of moral roots between democrats and republicans in our society will make America a better place to live. The will to tolerate others beliefs will be our country’s only way to have a diverse but stable government at the same time.


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