After Alpha_1 said something in another forum a few months ago, it got me thinking. I'll paraphrase: something about the behaviour of extremists on both sides acting similarly towards a common issue.
It seems rather common place to observe how people respond as a clue to how they claim to be against what they would rather be seen as. Here @ the non-aviation forums, it is probably unanimous that the word "liberal" means wanting change, and the word "conservative" mean wanting no change.
Assuming this is correct, this draws only three main conclusions:
* either we are all liberals and there are no conservatives, or
* we are all conservative and there are no liberals, or
* (this is unlikely) we are neither.
Analysing the first conclusion renders the fact that we all want change. True or false? A standard religious/political liberal is one who puts themselves in the large bracket called "left of the middle". A standard religious/political conservative prefers a "right of the middle" standing. Boths side complain about current situations and events to the point where boths sides would like to see some (if not a lot of) change. Would not that mean that everyone from left to right is by definition a liberal? How or hownot? I don't care for why in this case.
Analysing the first conclusion renders the fact that we all want no changes to life what so ever. True or false? Let us take an example of liberals on the environment. Let us, for the sake of argument give in to all their demands, what then? Well, they got all the change that they wanted, so more than likely they would want to keep it that way. But wait, maintaining the same new reality would render a conservative attitude, yes? Indeed and I guarantee to you, if any liberal got what they wanted, they would not remain liberal at the thought of changing what they worked so hard to get -- by definition -- conservative.
Let's take another example, like the proposition of banning abortions. Currently, in the United States for example, it is legal for doctors to perform or women to have abortions. The issue of banning mostly sits on religious & moral conviction, but compared to the current law, it is change. Not just at the municipal or county level, but the federal and national level as well, it appears to be a very dramatic change -- by definition -- liberal.
Analysing the last conclusion, well it appears proven that we are both but not niether. In fact it seems that by the true definition of conservativism that we all are part of the club and in my opinion there is only one member who truely satisfies the requirement of being a true liberal: God.
Think about it, we all want change to a point, by then it should remain that way for a period of time, our mindset says forever. God will not wait for anyone, God changes everything, all the time, forever.
On the otherhand, there are the parts of life that point to the fact that God can be conservative. There are the sciences for one and mathematics for another. Then there are the few species of creatures on this planet that do not evolve out of isolation, like those on Madagascar, that place has been separated from Africa for millions of years. There is a conservative side of God like any.
So my conclusion is that we as people are both conservative and liberal (no real separation), while it is God's way or the highway!