October 2nd, 2008

Charlotte and Frank

Jonathan Haidt: The real difference between liberals and conservatives


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?