Catholic Christians want the right to be able to fire gay teachers while other Catholics have prioritized the rights of children not to be abused by their clergy. Polish bishops call for “clinics to help LGBT people regain natural sexual orientation” while their boss, The Cuddly One, fights to free the Virgin Mary from the Mafia.
Humans aren’t inherently selfish – we’re hardwired to cooperate.
I think this is a good article. It’s by your friend, Steve Taylor, the “panspiritist guy”. I disagree with him that racism, for example, is somehow unnatural and maladaptive. It makes good sense to be suspicious of other groups when my group is competing with other groups. But like Professor Taylor says, this kind of competition likely only arose in the past 10,000 years with the advent of settled farming, increased group size, competition for resources etc.
But that’s a bit vague. It remains an open question to me, what were the exact mechanisms that started off the inter-group rivalry that persists to this day. For example, this is when the accumulation of wealth started. Before that, it was considered bad form to accumulate wealth. So maybe people were accumulating at the expense of other groups.
The accumulation of wealth is just an indicator of the amount of resources someone or some group has. If everyone has access to the same share of the resources to satisfy their basic needs – food, security, group co-operation, etc. then the need to compete is diminished. Rivalry is not a problem. It is only when an elitist element emerges within the society and threatens the status quo that rebellion is considered. (4 legs good, 2 legs bad).
The moral roots of liberals and conservatives – Jonathan Haidt.
I love listening to Jonathan Haidt, he’s a brilliant speaker and I agree with his ideas. Right now I’m trying to figure out the Authority / Subversion foundation in a succinct and useful way. It’s not that complicated. It’s interesting to note that the group-level foundations of in-group loyalty and authority help to enable the existence of large groups.