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02 October 2008 @ 08:37 am
Jonathan Haidt: The real difference between liberals and conservatives  
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind.html

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we're left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.

I've been frustrated with the "You must not have a clue if you think x", "You must not really be a Christian if you think y," or "How closed-minded must you be if you think z" attitudes on both sides that have surfaced because of the U.S. Presidential election. They are always there, but they seem to be more prevalent every 4 years around this time.

It's obvious on my Facebook profile what my political views are and who is getting my vote for President. Because pretty much anyone and everyone I've come across in my life is on there, I sometimes wonder what they think about what they see. I feel a need to justify it sometimes, and other times I think I should just take it off. I remember a few years ago someone judged me after hearing that my LJ profile said that I work for a church, and I just took it down. It's hard having everything, not just views, but facts, being scrutinized and judged, right? And I am not blameless in doing that very thing myself.

I just hope we can all get through this without alienating family and friends because of differences. After all, is it really worth it?
 
 
 
Allisonallilm on October 2nd, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Stay strong my liberal Christian sister!! Anytime someone makes you question either part of yourself, just remember you're not the only one. Maybe we should come up with a montra to chant when we encounter those people. And believe me, I've encountered my share! And isn't it sad that it comes from both sides.
Sarahgem77 on October 3rd, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks friend :)

If you didn't have time before, I hope you can watch the video. It's long but interesting.

lwhite6614 on October 3rd, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
We still love you, darling. Stand on your convictions and don't let Uncle Bob get to you.
Sarahgem77 on October 3rd, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I marked him as spam a few days ago, so I guess it's all going there. I'm sure he means well.

Watch the video if you haven't yet :)

lwhite6614 on October 4th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
yes.