Why we on the right of politics see reality so differently to those on the left

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There is no shortage of intelligent and logical people on the left of politics but we often wonder why they seem to have such a blind spot when it comes to certain harsh realities. One of the writers I follow is on the left of politics but changed his views about Islam completely when filming a documentary about conflict in an American town over a mosque. He started off with the intention of making a documentary that would fit his financial backer’s view of the situation but found that he couldn’t ignore what he was learning after interviewing both sides of the debate. His name is Eric Allen Bell. Recently he was asked why he could not see the problem earlier and this was his reply.

SOMEONE JUST ASKED ME A REALLY GOOD QUESTION and I thought I should post that here. This is from someone for whom the threat of Islam has always been something obvious. Given that I was very much on the Left, writing for Leftist publications and Leftist figures, the question was why I could not see this earlier. And maybe my answer will shed some light on how the PC mind thinks. I said the following: It is clear to me how and why I could not see the Islamic threat. Two reasons:

1) I was living in the world as I wish it was, hoping that being “positive” would help change the world (like many Bernie Sanders people) and;

2) White Guilt.

Eric Allen Bell facebook page

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSn-zMholNA

This idea of people on the left viewing the world through a filter of how they would like the world to be is explored in this facebook video

The Left and Right perceive the world differently. One side sees it as it exists, accepts fundamental truths and facts–even if they are painful–and then adopts a worldview. The other side adopts a vision, and then views the world through that prism. Which side sees the world as reality? And which as it imagines?

-PragerU facebook

When I interact with perfectly nice and intelligent people on the left side of politics I have often noticed that I am up against a view that is not based on reality but on how they would like the world to be. I would love their worldview to be true but I am influenced more by people’s actions rather than their words.

I will give you an example of someone I knew who strongly believed in doing good for others. As the years went by this person kept having the same negative experiences over and over again. They would help people (often at a great personal cost) and then things would go bad in an often spectacular fashion. The same thing wasn’t happening to me so they asked me what I was doing differently. I told them that people didn’t take advantage of me because I set boundaries. I only gave time and money that I could afford and was happy to give.

This person responded by calling me heartless and hard because they felt that helping people was always the right thing to do. Their view of the world was one where people were grateful for help so they explained away all their negative experiences by saying that the individuals  involved were bad people.

As the years went by and it happened over and over again I realised that most of them were not bad people. They simply did not respond in the way that this person was expecting them to respond, or act in the way this person expected them to act.

One example that springs to mind was a married, double-income couple who were paying this person to do some part-time work for them over a period of three years. In the second year they asked if this person would accept only half their hourly rate if one of them did some work in exchange. Even though this person was a solo parent with very limited means and needed every penny of their hourly rate to pay the bills, they agreed to the arrangement. I asked them why and was told that people would only ask for that kind of deal if they were struggling financially.

A few weeks later the couple turned up in a brand new car. The person I knew was furious and very resentful and failed to see that their world view was the problem as it didn’t match reality. I spoke to the couple and it was clear that they had no idea that this person was not happy with the arrangement. They genuinely thought that it was a mutually beneficial arrangement and didn’t understand why someone would say yes if they were not happy with their offer.

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There is no doubt in my mind that many people on the left of politics genuinely want to make the world a better place. They are wrong to assume that because we on the right are more cautious and hesitant about helping or trusting people, that we are hard or heartless. We like to consider both the short-term and the long-term consequences before we make a decision. We tend not to make knee-jerk decisions. Our world view is pragmatic and accepts that human beings have cultural and religious differences as well as different views on what is right and wrong. We do not assume that all human beings think the same as us and that cuddles and cash will solve all of the world’s problems.


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