Your View On An Issue Depends More Upon Your Chosen Mindset Than The Issue Itself

Sexism – keeping women in their place for your comfort.

Slavery – keeping human financial instruments in their place for your comfort.  Often with

Racism – keeping people with different physical features in their place for your comfort.

Homophobia – keeping gays in their place for your comfort.  As they won’t help as much with

Overpopulation – keeping humans all over the place to degrade our environment.

Patriotism – keeping divisive expensive annihilatory militarism in place for your comfort.  Instead of working toward human unity (humanity).

Nuclear weapons – keeping a system of malicious radiation in place, instead of unity.

Superstition – keeping ignorance in place of science, human, and environmental rights.


Shockingly, THE ISSUE DOES NOT MATTER when a human explains her or his views on big social issues.  The century that person lives in does not matter.  The level of harm or destruction an issue causes – no matter how massive – does not matter.

So here’s what does matter in deciding any individual human’s view on important topics affecting millions or billions of people:

Does the particular human organism have a socially conservative brain that values tradition, and actively resists change in order to make its mind comfortable?

Or does that particular human have a socially moderate mindset that feels most comfortable going along with large – often destructive – groups, making no big efforts for or against even greatly needed change?

Or does that human have an informed, compassionate, imaginative, progressive mindset that pushes the (vast majority) other two types toward reason?

When a particular human explains her or his views on any social issue, we are largely just describing the mindset we have chosen for ourselves:

Social conservative.

Go-along moderate.

Informed challenge-irrational-society progressive.



About HyperIntellect

Mankind have a great aversion to intellectual labor; but even supposing knowledge to be easily attainable, more people would be content to be ignorant than would take even a little trouble to acquire it. - Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) Twitter: @HyperIntellect
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2 Responses to Your View On An Issue Depends More Upon Your Chosen Mindset Than The Issue Itself

  1. osolynden says:

    I tend to agree with your premise/title and certainly agree that those who defend the status quo derive benefit and therefore comfort from it.

    I do object to your “either or” finale… Where is the box I check as a flame on Nancy boy who would consider storming the Bastille if they add wheelchair ramps kinda progressive?

    • The fourth option you’ve posited has formed an entertaining mental picture of you storming the Bastille in a wheelchair that is hard to remove from my mind.

      The Bastille wouldn’t by chance be a pâtisserie that you love to visit when you are in Santa Fe, now would it?

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