Life Will Answer – The Book: When Is Enough, Enough? Pt 3

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My observation—borne out in my own life as well—is that most people give up at the thought of even trying to figure anything out about how Life works. We tend to pick a path and hope for the best, understandably focusing on our own narrow range of interests, expertise, and experiences. There’s nothing wrong with that. But this approach narrows the scope of contributions offered and opportunities available.

 

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Looking Left and Right: Fears Pt 2

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Mass movements ultimately need a disaffected population … people who are either economically or culturally dispossessed. Those isolated individuals need to feel part of something bigger than themselves. They need to believe they can regain their previous relevance. Properly primed, such followers will throw themselves behind a leader who promises to return them to power. [1]

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Looking Left and Right: Fears Pt 1

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An important component of conservative psychology is repressed or displaced fear and the related sense of feeling threatened by various events, ideas and people around them. [1]

 

Conservatives see the world as a more threatening place because their brains predispose them to being fearful. They are also predisposed by brain biology to hating complexity and compromise. That would help to explain why politics can be so polarized, particularly in a rather conservative era like the present. [with citations] [2]

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Life Will Answer – The Book: Wars Without End? Pt 1

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[R]eligious fundamentalists … are highly likely to be authoritarian followers. They are highly submissive to established authority, aggressive in the name of that authority, and conventional to the point of insisting everyone should behave as their authorities decide. They are fearful and self-righteous and have a lot of hostility in them that they readily direct toward various out-groups. They are easily incited, easily led, rather un-inclined to think for themselves, largely impervious to facts and reason, and rely instead on social support to maintain their beliefs. They bring strong loyalty to their in-groups, have thick-walled, highly compartmentalized minds, use a lot of double standards in their judgments, are surprisingly unprincipled at times, and are often hypocrites.
But they are also Teflon-coated when it comes to guilt. They are blind to themselves, ethnocentric and prejudiced, and as closed-minded as they are narrow- minded. They can be woefully uninformed about things they oppose, but they prefer ignorance and want to make others become as ignorant as they. They are also surprisingly uninformed about the things they say they believe in…. – Robert Altemeyer, The Authoritarians

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Looking Left and Right: Pandering Can Be Expensive – Pt 2

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You’ve got to feel some sympathy for authoritarian followers at this point, don’t you, because they get nailed coming and going. First of all, they rely on the authorities in their lives to provide their opinions. Usually they don’t care much what the evidence or the logic for a position is, so they run a considerable chance of being wrong. Then once they have ‘their’ ideas, someone who comes along and says what authoritarian followers want to hear becomes trustworthy. High RWAs [Right-Wing Authoritarians] largely ignore the reasons why someone might have ulterior motives for saying what they want to hear; it’s enough for them that another person indicates they are right.Robert Altemeyer, The Authoritarians

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