Culture wars are all around us. Sometimes they revolve around religious and moral issues, others revolve around economics and poor vs. rich. Why is it that in a country so united, we can also be so divided?
We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.
The greatest predictor of what a person believes or fights for is what his or her parents believed, and that person’s relationship to that beleif. Parents are the greatest teachers of their children. The education may come by example or by word, and may even come from poor examples. Children who grow up in homes they like will most likely emulate the attributes and beliefs of their parents. Children who disliked their childhood family life may end up striking out on a path in opposition to their parents’. Hence the culture wars begin.
Conservatism as a core belief is typically founded on preserving previous traditions and methods of governing. For a conservative, culture is the defining factor of a nation, and it seeks to preserve those elements of a nation that preserve the culture of their childhood, for that is what they love and understand. In other words, conservatism is based on nostalgia for better times.
Progressives on the other hand, may not have such fond memories of yesteryear and seek to improve the world through changing of the national culture. They seek change because they are dissatisfied with previous results of the culture.
Both positions, those of conservative and progressives are one of positivity. Both wish for the better world, they just have different life experiences to guide their approach. Culture wars will continue as long as people are thinking of better ways of doing things. Culture wars are a sign that people are trying to improve our nation.