Culture Wars And Their Origin

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Culture Wars and the angry mob

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.

– Anonymous

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.

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About The Pluralist Advocate

The Pluralist Advocate started out this life in a conservative Military oriented community, and he later moved to that bastion of liberal activism called the San Francisco Bay Area. Having lived both ends of the political spectrum he has a unique understanding of both sides of most issues. He was also very religious growing up, serving as a studying the Christian scriptures and even spending some time as a foreign missionary. He used to think he had all the answers to life's greatest questions, but the more he looks around the world, the more he finds a wide variety of different values that work for different people. This blog is an exploration of thought and consideration from as many points of view as can be held at one time. He now holds the position that truth is found in many different disciplines. You may know the Pluralist Advocate around the web and twitter as brihartwell, or his given name of Brian Hartwell. He hates to be narrowly defined by one title, so as you read these musings you may find things you identify with, and others that you despise. That is good. Please share your reactions to the thoughts here and we will all grow together.