Why do people vote Republican?

Jan 26th, 2009 | By | Category: Inspiring, Random Musings

http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/98902

So the Question is: Why the heck do people, especially those in business, vote towards a right-winged party when the opposition is painfully the clear choice for better business or other things?

By Jonathan Haidt tackles this from a psychological point of view in his September 16th, 2008 Alternet article.  He starts off by saying “People vote Republican because Republicans offer “moral clarity” — a simple vision of good and evil that activates deep seated fears in much of the electorate. Democrats, in contrast, appeal to reason with their long-winded explorations of policy options for a complex world.” however as we dive deeper and deeper into the article we realize it comes down to more than that.  Leading us to analyze moral psychology which ‘when gut feelings are present, dispassionate reasoning is rare. In fact, many people struggled to fabricate harmful consequences that could justify their gut-based condemnation.

A great read for sure, and in line with some thoughts I was pondering today about how people can help themselves improve there lives.. It is my opinion that if people would simply ask themselves ‘why’ , and I mean REALLY ask themselves why and honestly seek the answer, to their motivations we would have a saner world.  Asking yourself ‘why do I feel this way right now’ and don’t stop until you are certain yo uknow the reason.  ‘Why am I drinking this beer?’ – a prime example.  I gaurantee you than 99% of people will allow their ego to answer and say ‘because I enjoy it, it tastes good, etc etc’ but honestly, does it? DO YOU?  If you think so then ask yourself why to that question, why do you enjoy it, why does it taste good?  Because I gaurantee you it sure as hell didn’t taste good the first time you sipped it as a child, infact it probably tasted repulsive.  Unravel these threads and you will find an understanding in the why and be one step closer to being led by the truth instead of being yanked around by the pitbul that is our ego, our past experiences, our mental and societal training, etc etc.

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