Perspective and Reaction

Why do so many liberals seem to overreact to events? Perhaps the basic difference in our worldviews hold the answer.

One of the many inherent benefits of conservatism is that, with an emphasis on heritage and tradition, a healthy respect for historical perspective comes automatically built in. Conservatives don’t overreact because we’re wired to play the long game. We base our lives on eternal verities and look for permanent solutions.

Progressive liberals, on the other hand, living in a state of constant flux dedicated only to the obvious here-and-now, have no such frame of reference. When all of world history is merely a monolithic march of one-dimensional oppression, then of course your more “enlightened” views make this era (and you yourself) the most important thing that has ever happened. Therefore, every trendy new issue becomes cosmically crucial.

Every loss becomes the most catastrophic tragedy ever, because as far as your values recognize, today’s event is the only thing that has ever even happened. All dissent becomes a profound personal insult, demanding retaliation of the highest order.

Their cultic obsession with their own myopia defines who they are, and cripples any chance they have of acting rationally in a civilized world.

Just once, I’d like to see a liberal react to an event with a nonchalant shrug and say, “Minor setback. Not a big deal.”

One comment on “Perspective and Reaction

  1. I’m enjoying your blog. Just found it. I especially appreciated your ranking of the Shakespeare plays.

    I have to say I find the comment here kind of puzzling, though. If we’re thinking about the way people react to our political leadership, those perceptions have been getting farther and farther “out there” for the past couple decades. It’s part of our dramatically polarizing politics.

    It’s hard to underestimate the level of contempt the conservative base felt for President Obama. But that’s just among the most recent of this pattern. Bill Clinton was *hated* by a large chunk of the right. George W. Bush was *hated* by the left. Then the same occurred for Obama, and now Trump, in succession.

    My perception of the conservative movement is that it’s moved from William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater types — who were ideological and principled, but concerned about the paranoid John Birch types in their midst and vocal about it … to a Tea Party reaction to Obama that pulled that paranoia into the party base. Our new president launched his political career on “birther” theories about Obama. He understood how to reach the base conservative voter, such as he is today.

    Think for a moment about the Republican convention from this election year. It sure looked to me like the biggest “overreaction” in recent political history. One of the strongest (if not *the* strongest) themes was “lock her up”. We never heard those words at a convention before — one party vowing to put the nominee from the other party in jail. Indeed, we haven’t heard it beyond the borders of some shaky foreign governments.

    I wish conservatives fit your description. I think maybe they did a few decades ago when the movement was more intellectual and measures … less angry and paranoid.

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