A reading list

May 11, 2017 at 14:15 o\clock

At Crossroads

by: cleit

We are clearly at a crossroads now. It is becoming time when we have to build on what has happened in history and on all the conservative and liberal thought and define something new. We believe things are as they were but in reality they cannot be because we are rapidly changing the rules of the game. Until we learn how to redefine and understand our new reality we are going to struggle between trying to hold on to the past and yet separating on another level in the present. This is a struggle which will pull apart the core. 

We have allowed history and the countless evils committed to continue to define us and that past needs to be broken but understood. We are different but we are the same in so many ways, it is far past time when we have to accept and respect the diversity of each of us yet work together to solve the common issues that we all face. We have built walls, reinforced all too often by religion that says only I am right, or by greed or by political thought. To continue to operate in these silos invites ultimate disaster.

May 11, 2017 at 14:13 o\clock

Books for Todays Reading

by: cleit

There are books that Conservatives especially need to read. We've been lectured for years about "the nature of man" by Conservatives, as if only they had a realistic view of man that is, regrettably, selfish but also, gloriously, individualistic. We are also lectured about morality and virtue by Conservatives, especially yourself, but also hilariously by people like William Bennett who, a decade after editing "The Book of Virtues" was revealed to be a high-stakes gambler in Las Vegas where he lost millions of dollars. Conservative thought on the nature of man is, however, dated. You rely so much on Hobbes and Mill and remain profoundly ignorant of contemporary collaboration of several disciplines that E.O. Wilson once called "consilience." Several sciences, including anthropology, paleoanthropology, ethology, neuroscience, biology, evolutionary biology and psychology are looking deeply into the nature of man that Conservatives have long thought was pretty much a done deal. It turns out that it is not and there is a lot to be said on the topic. Pick up E.O. Wilson's "The Social Conquest of the Earth" for starters. Read Robert Sepulsky for animal behavior and Jonathan Haidt for the origins of morality. Dacher Keltner published "The Power Paradox" last year (which I immediately reviewed for the dissertation service) that is a summation of a lot of this work and provides a new take on the nature of man that is a real challenge to contemporary Conservative thinking. You, especially you, should read it.