Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Does conservatism have its roots in biology?

Animals can't change their behavior. They do the same thing over and over, which is why it's so easy for humans to trap them.

I wonder if this is where the conservative view of reality comes from. Perhaps evolution left us with an admonition: do not change what works. Could this be why so many people always want to stick with the old? You hear it all the time: "It's always worked for us, so why change?" Maybe that's biology talking.

Of course, that doesn't mean we have to listen.