The Fear of Not Being Able to Think About It

“Wouldn’t everyone just be a conservative then? It’s not like liberals simply don’t feel fear.” And we determined that there was, indeed, more to it than that. The best explanation I heard involved the stimulus of an angry dog. “Is this a threat to me? Both liberals and conservatives are likely to answer yes: it’s growling, it’s posturing, its hackles are raised, it’s straining to reach me. It is probably a threat. And do you feel fear of it? Probably — I mean, at least if you have any common sense.

“But then we have a second question, the one that really draws the line: can I defuse this threat? If you say, ‘Yes, I can sit down with the dog and let him get to know me and see that I’m not a threat to him,’ you’re a liberal. If you say, ‘Nope, the dog’s nature is unknowable and immutable, and there is simply no way I could possibly reaching understanding with him,’ then you are a conservative.”

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Perspectives in C

Perspectives in C

We don’t have the right to live in a world that satisfies our moral sensibilities. We DO, however, get to CREATE one. Here’s how we do it.