It has been asked why liberals are angrier than conservatives. I’m not sure if the premise of the question is completely true, but conservatives have been quick to offer up theories.
A theory I was recently given by an acquaintance of mine was that conservatives simply view the world as it is, never needing to have been convinced by others, and believing that anyone with an open mind will eventually see the world the way they do. Harassing someone with a closed mind is obviously unproductive, and so they don’t bother. Liberals, however, have an agenda to defend their group pride and identity – even at the cost of losing the truth. This is why they become frustrated and angry when others are not convinced by their arguments.
I bring this viewpoint up because there are some, like Jonathan Haidt, that claim it is conservatives who defend the group at the cost of the truth. This, of course, is absolutely outlandish to anyone who actually knows conservatives. Is the theory of my acquaintance equally outlandish to liberals? Discuss.
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