27 10 10 - 14:50A few offer opinions:
Conservatives, being more oriented toward dominance, tend to acquire a larger group of friends and associates than liberals. They are more sensitive to potential threats because there are more people in their orbit, and thus the danger of their being hurt by a duplicitous person is greater. - MM
Interesting. And then there's the nature-over-nurture explanation:
By matching genetic information with maps of the subjects' social networks, the researchers were able to show that people with a specific variant of the DRD4 gene were more likely to be liberal as adults, but only if they had an active social life in adolescence.
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter affecting brain processes that control movement, emotional response, and ability to experience pleasure and pain. Previous research has identified a connection between a variant of this gene and novelty-seeking behavior, and this behavior has previously been associated with personality traits related to political liberalism. - MD
The truth's somewhere in the middle:
- Conservatives love our world as it is and want to enhance its existing nature. They observe first, and plan their reaction second.
- Liberals dislike and distrust the world, and assume it has a "bad" or negative existing nature. They react to this emotion first, before observing their world as it is.
A a nihilist and/or a scientist, I could never support liberalism. I like the scientific method and logic too much, meaning that if I see repeated patterns in my world, I discern their causes and thus, the reasons they have persisted. Liberalism is an emotional tantrum against the world and a refusal to see why it functions as it does.
Novelty-seeking by its very nature is a hopeless trait. If you like life, you find good solid things you enjoy -- learning, family, self-improvement, purpose -- but if you don't like life, you look for things to "compensate" or make you feel better about being condemned to this evil place.
I think if we could devise an experiment to see the truth of the situation, we'd find that conservatives are more in touch with what death means than liberals. To liberals, it's an abstraction. To conservatives, it's a certainty -- and thus taking life seriously, and finding bread-and-potatoes reasons to be alive instead of desserts to compensate us for having to eat that awful liver, is most important.
Do you eat dessert first? Lib or con? Let 'em rip in the comments < fwap >.