Roughly categorizing the prevalent mindsets into "Liberal/Left" and "Conservative/Right" it is my observation that they see the world as follows:
1. Conservatives think things were/are good
and getting worse.
2. Liberals think things were/are bad
and can or will get better.
A right-winger is generally optimistic about the past/present and pessimistic about the future, a liberal is generally optimistic about the future and
pessimistic about the past/present.
I have actually tested this theory again and again and again and it so often works that I've made this little prediction out of it. People who are
well-fed and comfortable in the present and have been in the past will be more resistant toward "change" and "progress". People who are struggling or
uncomfortable in the present or have been in the past will want "change" and "progress".
The rare breed of people who are neither liberal nor conservative are either pessmistic on both sides (I call them conspiracy theorists
the past, present and future as something dark or optimistic on both sides, seeing the past, present and future in a bright light.
If you think this is nonsense I challenge you to go out and test it. Ask how someone sees their life and whether they are happy (present) and then ask
how they see the future (of America, of the World, of their lives) etc. And then find out what their political affiliations are. Having Experimented
with this, I believe it works 8 times out of 10.
So if someone is saying "This country is going down the drain" but he appears to be doing alright in the present, there is an 80% chance he is a
conservative. And if someone is saying "I have a lot of hope that positive change will eventually come!" but does not to be doing that well in the
present, there is an 80% chance he's a liberal.
This also explains why Democrat-Voters are on average much younger and Republican voters on average much older. The young ones are future-oriented,
the old-ones past-oriented. One side would like to "conserve" that which worked or was found to be good, the other side would like to progress and
make new good things.
From this perspective it is easily seen why both these sides are actually needed for the development of society.
edit on 8-7-2013 by
Skyfloating because: (no reason given)