Understand the psychology behind morality


“When it comes to moral judgments, we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means. If you don’t believe that about yourself, just note how true it is of everybody else. And then think, they think that of you"

  • Morality used to be defined as altruism, especially altruism towards poor victims
  • “western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic.” When ever you have a society that has those five attributes, the moral domain shrinks down, individualism rises up, people get more analytical
  • it is harder for liberals to understand conservatives than conservatives would have to try to understand liberals
  • everybody values compassion and fairness, whether you’re liberal or conservative
  • three others: loyalty versus betrayal, authority versus subversion, and sanctity versus degradation. Conservatives give high marks to all five whereas liberals reject those last three — “That’s, like, the foundations of racism and exclusiveness.” And “No,” they — “group loyalty? That’s terrible.” In other words, liberals build their their moral world on these two foundations primarily
  • liberals can't get their mind into the idea that authority is somehow related to morality; they think it’s just oppression
  • also the media tends to be liberal, as the academic world is, and Hollywood. So you cannot grow up in this country without being exposed to lots and lots of liberal ideas


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  • over 3 years ago by vince