[bigbangtango] Re: [Paleopsych] Morality
waluk at earthlink.net
Fri Mar 25 20:14:33 UTC 2005
>>BTW I think that the root difference between liberals and conservatives
is that liberals tent to respond to the less fortunate with
sympathy/pity and conservatives respond to them with contempt/scorn.>>
Could be the religious card which determines how people respond to those less fortunate....Catholics like to hug and Lutherans stand with arms folded.
Buck, Ross wrote:
>In my view, morality involves a dynamical system of social and moral
>emotions that arise spontaneously and naturally over the course of
>normal child development. Social emotions include the four "twins"
>pride/arrogance, guilt/shame, envy/jealousy, and pity/scorn. A person
>(P) who is proud/arrogant tends to pity/scorn others who respond with
>envy/jealousy of P and guilt/shame in comparison with P. Add
>considerations of equity (P's success is deserved or not), and you get
>the moral emotions of triumph, humiliation, admiration, resentment,
>sympathy, and contempt.
>BTW I think that the root difference between liberals and conservatives
>is that liberals tent to respond to the less fortunate with
>sympathy/pity and conservatives respond to them with contempt/scorn.
>(This suggests that conservatives are less psychologically secure than
>liberals). The whole panoply of liberal-conservative political
>philosophy is essentially a rationalization for these feelings.
>Religion also is a rationalization (see Freud's "Future of an Illusion")
>that if anything builds barriers between people who, left to their own
>devices, might get along swimmingly. Religion can undercut normal
>moral-emotional development by carving the world into us and them.
>Through religion, kids learn that moral rules apply to their own
>community, and that those outside are not worthy of inclusion. In fact,
>attacking others can be seen as a sign of love and acceptance within
>one's own community, as in blowing oneself up in a crowded market, or
>flying an aircraft into a building.
>Ross Buck, Ph. D.
>Professor of Communication Sciences
> and Psychology
>Communication Sciences U-1085
>University of Connecticut
>Storrs, CT 06269-1085
>Ross.buck at uconn.edu
>Reference: Buck, R. (2004). The gratitude of exchange and the
>gratitude of caring: A developmental-interactionist perspective of moral
>emotion. In R. A. Emmons and M. McCullough (Eds.), The Psychology of
>Gratitude. (100-122). New York: Oxford University Press.
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