Skip to comments.A Letter to Young Voters (Why do people become more conservative as they grow older?)
Posted on 07/17/2012 6:52:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
According to conventional wisdom, the older the person, the less young people are inclined to listen to him or her.
This is probably true for some of you. But I do not believe that it is true for most of you.
Most young people have tremendous respect for older peoples views. I saw this firsthand in my own life. I began lecturing publicly at the age of 21, and I give you my word that young people (and certainly older people) are far more respectful of my views today than when I was their age. All things being equal, it is very rare for a 25- or 35-year-old to command the respect that a 50- or 60-year-old commands.
So, I am not afraid that you will dismiss what I have to say here as the irrelevant thoughts of an older person.
But just in case you need an argument to take an older persons thoughts seriously, ask any adults you respect whether they have more wisdom and insight into life now than they did ten years ago, let alone when they were your age. The answer will always be yes. (And any adult who has not gained wisdom over the course of a lifetime is not worth listening to.)
Which directly leads to my point: Did you ever wonder why people are far more likely to become conservative in their views and values as they get older?
When this rather devastating question is posed to liberals, leftists, progressives, Democrats you choose the label or group they answer that people get more selfish as they get older.
Progressives have to give this answer. There is no other response that enables them to avoid confronting the quite embarrassing fact that just about every adult, at every age of life, thinks he/she is wiser than when younger and that as they accumulate wisdom they become more conservative.
So the liberal explanation that people get more selfish as they get older is not only insulting, it is nonsense.
People get worse as they get older?
If you were walking in a dark alley at midnight, which would you fear more a group of teenagers or twentysomethings or a group of senior citizens?
Do older people or younger people give more of their time to charitable institutions?
Are our prisons filled with young people or old people?
The fact is that not only do people get more wise and more conservative as they get older, they get more kind and more generous, too.
But what about idealism? We are told that young people are more idealistic than old people.
Let me respond by asking: What does idealistic mean?
Presumably it means having ideals a kinder, more peaceful world, etc. Well, who told you that as people get older they lose these ideals? This is so untrue as to constitute a lie. If anything, we older people yearn for a peaceful world even more than young people do. We are the ones who lost friends or relatives in some war. We are the ones who have lived a lifetime of seeing and reading about human suffering. And we, not you, have children and grandchildren whom we ache to see alive and healthy.
So, lets put to rest the self-serving myth that young people have greater ideals than old people.
What the term more idealistic really means when applied to young people is that young people are more naïve, not more idealistic, than older people.
Examples are legion.
Heres one: Young people believe that when the government gives more money and benefits to more people it helps them. This is naïve. As you get older and wiser you realize that when people are given anything without having to earn it (unless they are physically or mentally utterly incapable of earning anything), they become ungrateful and lazy. They also become less happy. Every study shows that people who earn money are far happier than people who win many millions of dollars in a lottery. Happiness is earned, not given.
Heres another: Young people are far more likely to believe that world peace is achieved when nations lay down their arms and talk through their differences. But this has never been the case. Of course, good nations stay peaceful when they talk to other good nations. Bad nations that is, nations ruled by evil men are never dissuaded from making war by talk. They are dissuaded only by good nations having more arms than they do. That is why the Marine Corps has done so much more for world peace than the Peace Corps.
If you want to vote Democrat, dont do so because that is the party that cares more for the poor and the hungry. We older conservatives (and young ones, too) care just as much for the poor. But after living a life of seeing the naïve only make things worse for the poor, we are no longer seduced by caring rhetoric. We are seduced by policies based on the awesome American value of individual initiative combined with liberty to create and retain wealth. Its now called conservatism.
And, finally, you should know this: The idealists that many of you find appealing are the ones leaving you with a national debt that will render it very difficult for you to attain the material quality of life that these people have had.
The next time President Obama goes to a college to get your vote by promising you more and more benefits, ask him where the money will come from. And when he says higher taxes on the wealthy, know that this is exactly what they tried in Europe, a continent ruined by such idealism.
Dennis Prager, a nationally syndicated columnist and radio talk-show host, is author of Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph
Read the book of Proverbs. It is an excellent treatment of this subject.
Do you have a specific chapter and verses?
It’s all good.
The truths contained in the whole book, if read and understood, would be the end of liberalism (the political expression of the religion of Humanism).
>>> The fact is that not only do people get more wise and more conservative as they get older, they get more kind and more generous, too
[Sorry for the generalized statement, but here it is.]
Most young people are consummed with self (I my me mine) anyway. But as we grow older, we truly realize we get lots of help from others along the journey, and we can properly give thanks AS WE SEE FIT.
Not the robbery by the gubbmint, hence we grow more conservative than when younger.
It is why media and the marxists condition young children to not believe or respect anyone over the age of 30 (in media and their books). Wisdom can only come with experiences and reading Great Books.
It is why phonics was removed by John Dewey in the 30s from American schools and replaced by ineffective “phonic” systems under a pretense to appease parents. It is why schools teach tripe and useless ideas-—to destroy and waste children’s time to make them think reading is boring and force them through mass brainwashing to believe in Marxist philosophy (atheism).
Even Confucius and Socrates knew that people could not understand reality until after the age of 30. It is very rare for someone to be wise before this age-—and if they are, they have deeply read about the experiences and life of great men.
It is why all media denigrates old people and makes them appear bigoted and useless when they are a trove of wisdom. Marxists are afraid of the Truth.
Wisdom can’t exist in Marxists societies because people would be too wise to be made into slaves and believe The Big Lie.
and this: The youth in college today are taught that we older people are milking the poor, taking from the youth, etc. Why does no one challenge these ivory tower empty suits regarding their top-salary jobs and low hourly work week? They require their assistants to teach many classes for them, prepare lecture notes, grade papers and tests, but they cash in on the money. Then they denigrate the rest of us who worked hard, sometimes several jobs at a time, to make it. I remember my naive days, as well. But those days brought me to a quicker understanding of how things work, having grown up in IN, then moved to NYC to go to nursing school. Common sense returned quickly after 6 years in NYC and I then became a republican. Life experiences there taught a lot of lessons about reality.
I learned something you may be interested in:
Typical definition of Humanism: a doctrine, attitude, or way of life centered on human interests or values; especially : a philosophy that usually rejects supernaturalism and stresses an individual’s dignity and worth and capacity for self-realization through reason
The Pope was arguing that Christianity is the true Humanistic religion-—because man never can eject supernaturalism whether he thinks he can or can’t. It is Christianity which teaches individual dignity and worth and capacity for self-realization through reason. And without God, individualism can not exist.
Reason and Faith was always thought compatible by Christian Theologists since St. Augustine and particularly the Scholastics which makes Christianity the most “reasoned” religion in history. (What’s so Great About Christianity? by DD)
Marxism/Atheism is, by nature, anti-humanistic and irrational. The collective destroys the individual and they throw out the Laws of Nature which is why they are irrational.
Catholic Theology embraced Natural Law Theory (St. Thomas A.) as did the Founders. The Laws of Nature is the basis of Humanism. God is, in fact, the Designer of human nature which makes Christianity and Natural Law so compatible. Laws, by necessity, require a Lawgiver.
It is why this nation was the greatest in all of history-—the philosophy/theology which embraces Reason (what makes man, man) underlies this country. Reason was always an intricate part of Catholic/Christian Theology as it is with the Nature of man. Without it, we are not above the animal and there would be no Church.
Marxism is all about lies...because they eject the Laws of Nature so they can redesign man—destroy that image of God. That is why they destroy logic and reason with twisting the meaning of words, etc. and teaching young children absurdities like things can come from nothing, two men can “marry”, etc. It is anti-human and evil because it removes Reason—that which makes man, man and a human being. Humanism is absolutely removed by Atheist/Marxists.
Ironically, the religion of Humanism, since its founding in Genesis 3, is and has always been anti-human.
Don’t confuse Humanism with being “pro-human”. It just means that man and man’s reason are the basis of all knowledge. As its founder stated/lied: “you will be as gods, knowing good and evil”.
Over time,they gain knowledge thru experience.When persons are young and have been brainwashed by libtardism, they have a distorted and perverted view of reality, but they don't realize it, because they have been absorbed into the libtard system.It takes time and experience to escape from that system. Some,like many rats, never escape.
Yes, the Religion of Humanism is not humanistic at all!!!!
Calling Atheism “humanistic” is certainly ironic, when it denies God, which, in turn, denies all dignity and worth and meaning in the individual.
Churchill did not say this.
Also, it is absurd. The idea that liberals have hearts is promoted by people who think it is compassionate to give away other people’s money.
Truth. Sounds like the movie “Logan’s Run.”