One of my Intellectualist colleagues asked the question, (paraphrased); Are conservatives capable of compassion and empathy?

My quick response follows. What is your take on the matter?

The actual philosophy of conservatism is counter to compassion and empathy. Remember Ronald Reagan, who listened to conservatives, said; "greed is good."

Unfettered capitalism is considered desirable by the likes of Rand Paul and Paul Ryan. It is the philosophy of the conservative's well regarded Ayn Rand. It goes; "Rich people are good and poor people are bad."

Social conservatives, in the US, are mostly Christians, which was also designed to be mostly a narcissistic form of religion. The Christian Dogma has strong elements of arrogance and narcissism. Christians mostly see their faith as the only real religion and their main goal is to convert others, which is very annoying and prevents hearing any other views. Therefore, they are incapable of being deeply compassionate and empathetic.

(Heckler in the Real Grassroots (UNPAID) Crowd)

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Erica
Erica

Editor

When you study global Christianity, it becomes apparent quickly that the Western (and particularly American) brand is so heavily influenced by the culture of consumerism that it's unrecognizable from the ways it's practiced in other societies.

The tenets of the faith might be the same, but the worldview is incredibly different.

I don't believe this applies only to conservative Christians, but the way that group gravitates toward the wrath of the Old Testament colors their perception of social justice.

Liberal Christians tend toward the grace of the New Testament with a stronger sense of social justice, but I would argue anyone who holds the Bible to be the inerrant and infallible word of God - which includes at least some members in both camps - has to hold that Christianity is the only right and true religion.

Yossarian Johnson
Yossarian Johnson

Editor

I think religion, as practiced here, is highly consumerist. It reflects the wider culture.