The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives

"Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies morality and emotion in the context of culture. He asks: Why did humans evolve to have morals -- and why did we all evolve to have such different morals, to the point that our moral differences may make us deadly enemies? It's a question with deep repercussions in war and peace -- and in modern politics, where reasoned discourse has been replaced by partisan anger and cries of "You just don't get it!"

"Haidt asks, "Can't we all disagree more constructively?" He suggests we might build a more civil and productive discourse by understanding the moral psychology of those we disagree with, and committing to a more civil political process. He's also active in the study of positive psychology and human flourishing.

"(In this video, Haidt discusses) 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."

1 comment:

Charles Pergiel said...

People are tribal. They enjoy squabbling & fighting. Killing other people has been the biggest sport since the dawn of time. Talking about morals and having civilized discourse is the veneer of civilization we paint ourselves with. Scratch the paint and underneath you'll find a cannibal. Big problem with civilized behavior is that it does not provide much of an outlet for our baser instincts.