24 April 2009

Fascinating article and a hairy week

The older I've gotten, the less I have found myself agreeing with "the party line" -- any party line -- about anything.

It's disconcerting, though I guess it suggests that I am more inclined to think things through for myself as I get more experienced at this life thing.

I came across an article recently that just fascinates me.
Liberals and conservatives conceive of morality in decidedly different ways. Jonathan Haidt has mapped out their competing ethical universes in hopes they can learn to peacefully coexist.


In a creative attempt to move beyond red-state/blue-state clichés, Haidt has created a framework that codifies mankind's multiplicity of moralities. His outline is simultaneously startling and reassuring — startling in its stark depiction of our differences, and reassuring in that it brings welcome clarity to an arena where murkiness of motivation often breeds contention.
I have been pouring over his work for a couple of days now, and I have to say that I think he may be my new hero. Not necessarily because he has it all right. I don't know enough about how "the other guy" thinks to know whether he has it right. But I think Mr Ault has hit the nail on the head for what we need to do if we're ever to get this country back from the brink of ruin that our current all or nothing political workings have wrought.

I am, again, late into the shower before work, so I don't have time to sort my thoughts and be erudite about this, but I wanted to share this with you.

It's been a wild week! I'm sorry I never got back to post last weekend. I try to post at least once a week to reward the patience of the 15 people who come by every day to see what we're up to. ;)

I will try to update everyone tonight or this weekend...but thanks for checking back!


  1. Have you read the book "Don't Think Of An Elephant"? I thought it did a really good job of explaining conservative thought so that a liberal like me could understand. Also, it did a great job of explaining how conservatives and liberals view the world -- why each group's values make sense, and why they're different from the other group. I highly recommend it.

  2. I haven't read that, no, Valerie! That sounds like one I'll have to check the library for! It sounds great!!


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