Outside the Monkeysphere: How Liberals and Conservatives Generalize Information about ‘Those People’
Or: Why Liberals Support Food Stamps and other Government Food Programs:
|CC by The Shopping Sherpa|
This post assumes that you have a basic grasp of the scientific method and logic and critical thinking skills. Given that, and given what we know, and how we know, how do we decide how to live our lives? Usually, we make a moral decision about the nature of the world, and build our belief system to match it from the pieces of information we discover that most support our belief system.
|(CC by Jeffrey Beall) Which of these people deserves to eat?|
As a conservative, I might volunteer at a food bank, or give a check to victims of a hurricane, or support a cause I grew to know through some personal connection, but it is anathema to me that others that I haven’t ‘pre-approved’ would get care that I in part pay for through a government program. This does not change even if I or someone I know benefits from this program, as I can then rationalize my monkeysphere-central acceptance of help as a ‘special case’.In the aggregate, conservatives live deep within their monkeyspheres and guard the borders. Liberals build bridges and roads between monkeyspheres and visit every now and again to see how things are going. It is up to the reader to decide which sort of life is more likely to lead to a better world.
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- What is the value of a human being? (psychologytoday.com)
- The science of friendship (socialcapital.wordpress.com)
- Augmenting your Dunbar Number (ross.typepad.com)