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  •  I think one defining factor for Progressives (1+ / 0-)
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    is nonconformity.
    Conservatism, by its very nature and meaning, seeks sameness, simplifies the complex for consensus' sake- wants people to be mostly the same for the sake of comfort, security and self-validation.
    Progressivism tends to celebrate differences, embrace complexity and seek understanding to render it less complex rather than ignoring or denigrating what doesn't fit preconceptions, seek to validate others as well as ourselves...
    Conservatism lends itself more easily to selfishness.
    Progressivism lends itself more easily to selflessness.

    Progressives reach outward to others. Conservatives attempt to draw them inward.

    Bubbles and boxes, discomfort with the intangible are conservative mindsets.

    Contemplating and speculating intangibles is comfortable, even fun, for Progressives. Bubbles and boxes are too confining.

    There are differences in the natures of the people who profess to be either conservative or progressive. There are very real organic differences.

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 02:06:41 PM PST

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