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The perception in much of the world today–especially in education, the media, and the entertainment industry–is that conservatives are stubborn and close-minded. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, almost all conservatives at some point in their lives were wide-eyed liberals, constantly learning and changing, wondering “Why not?” for what turned out to be overly simplistic solutions to world problems. However, life experience and painful lessons accumulated over time brought them to the views they currently hold. Sure, they believe there are no doubt times when things need to change, but the default view should be to go with the tried-and-true until it becomes obvious why change is necessary. Many of the core principles we live by–free speech, family, capitalism, punishment to fit the crime, personal responsibility, etc.–are the result of thousands of years of accumulated wisdom. If anything, liberal ideas should be viewed with skepticism. The default view should be, “If this is such a great idea, why has it failed in the past?” and “Why is this so different from the norms of generations?” For example, if communism and open borders are such great ideas, why hasn’t every nation on Earth embraced them? And why is that nations who have have all perished soon after?
As for the stubborn description of conservatives, why does this apply when you’re simply adhering to a long proven belief. For example, if you’ve heard 500 diffferent politicians promise to reduce government spending, and 500 of 500 have reneged on that promise, is it “stubborn” and “close-minded” to doubt the next politician who says it? If 100 percent of the government offices you’ve dealt with your life have been inefficient and wasteful, is it “stubborn” to be against the creation of a new one?
Maybe, just maybe, those stubborn, close-minded conservatives are simply using their critical thinking abilities and should be sought out for their wisdom, instead of viewing them as close-minded fools with their arms folded, who simply are holding back so-called progress. Maybe they simply want to prevent mistakes that by now we should have learned from as part of forming strong core principles & values.
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