How Do You Deal With Painful Truths? Left vs. Right #4

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Dec 14, 2015

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?

Dennis Prager's Left-Right Differences Series Part 4: How Do You Deal With Painful Truths? How do Conservatives and Liberals differ?

 

The Left often blames violent crime on poverty. Why? Because they believe man is essentially good, only doing evil due to external forces. 

  • Since the left believes that people are basically good, they have to find some alternative explanation when good people do bad things.View Source
  • A recent example comes from the President Barack Obama who explained away the violence in a place like Ferguson, Missouri as merely a response to the “unfairness and powerlessness” people feel.View Source
  • WATCH: Dennis Prager on the differences between how the Left and Right handle painful truths.View Source
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Conservatives believe in objective moral standards, while the Left often denies a transcendent source of morality.

  • One of the general differences between the Left and the Right is that conservatives believe in objective moral standards in the Judeo-Christian tradition, while liberals often deny a transcendent source of morality. Without a grounded source of morality, personal opinions and feelings become the primary standard for moral judgment.View Source
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The consequence of the Left denying objective moral standards is that feelings and personal opinions take the place of facts.

  • One of the general differences between the Left and the Right is that conservatives believe in objective moral standards in the Judeo-Christian tradition, while liberals often deny a transcendent source of morality. Without a grounded source of morality, personal opinions and feelings become the primary standard for moral judgment.View Source
  • WATCH: Dennis Prager on the differences between how the Left and Right handle painful truths.View Source
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Conservatives say facts don’t care about your feelings. The Left says their feelings trump facts.

  • One of the general differences between the Left and the Right is that conservatives believe in objective moral standards in the Judeo-Christian tradition, while liberals often deny a transcendent source of morality. Without a grounded source of morality, personal opinions and feelings become the primary standard for moral judgment.View Source
  • WATCH: Dennis Prager on the differences between how the Left and Right handle painful truths.View Source
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The science is settled: men and women have biological and psychological differences that political correctness can’t simply wish away. 

  • Seeking total equality, modern feminism and the gay rights movement often deny the innate differences between men and women, as well as the societal and personal importance of distinct biological gender identities and traditional sexual roles.View Source
  • A consequence of this denial is that the Left recklessly refuses to acknowledge the inherently aggressive nature of male sexuality. The “Playboy culture” and rampant pornography are the consequences of the male sexual nature, not the causes of it.View Source
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Want to stop “rape culture”? Stop denying that the sexuality of men and women are different. 

  • Seeking total equality, modern feminism and the gay rights movement often deny the innate differences between men and women, as well as the societal and personal importance of distinct biological gender identities and traditional sexual roles.View Source
  • A consequence of this denial is that the Left recklessly refuses to acknowledge the inherently aggressive nature of male sexuality. The “Playboy culture” and rampant pornography are the consequences of the male sexual nature, not the causes of it.View Source
  • WATCH: Dennis Prager on the differences between how the Left and Right handle painful truths.View Source
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The Left’s refusal to look honestly at the disproportionately high black violent crime rates is only hurting the black community.  

  • The black community is plagued by disproportionately high violent crime rates. In America’s 75 largest cities in 2009, African Americans represented 62% of all robbery defendants, 57% of all murder defendants, and 45% of all assault defendants. In New York in 2014, blacks made up 23% of the population but committed three-quarters of all reported shootings and 70% of all robberies. Studies suggest these higher crime rates likely stem from a variety of factors, including fatherless, low-income homes and deteriorating value systems. Blacks of all ages are killed at six times the rates of whites and Hispanics combined. Statistics show that the main reason so many black Americans are being killed is black-on-black crime.View Source
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At the core of left-wing thought is a denial of painful realities, the denial of what the French call les faits de la vie, facts of life. Conservatives, on the other hand, are all too aware of the painful realities of life, and base many of their positions on them.

One example of this left-right difference is the differing attitudes toward human nature and responsibility for evil. When liberals blame violent crime on poverty, one reason they do is that ever since the Enlightenment the Left has posited that human nature is good. So, then, when people do bad things to other people, the Left argues that some outside forces -- usually poverty and, in the case of non-white criminals, racism -- are responsible, not human nature.

Why? Because people on the Left find it too painful to look reality in the eye and acknowledge that human nature is deeply flawed.

Another fact of life that the Left finds too painful to acknowledge is the existence of profound differences between men and women. There is no other explanation for the denial of what has been obvious to every previous generation in history -- that men and women are inherently different. This denial is certainly not the result of scientific inquiry. The more science learns about the male brain and the female brain, not to mention male and female hormones, the more it confirms important built-in differences between the sexes.

Yet many people, influenced by left-wing thought, believe that girls are as happy to play with trucks as are boys, and boys are as happy to play with dolls and tea sets as are girls.

Why do they believe such silliness? Because acknowledging many of those differences is painful.

For example, feminists and others on the Left do not want to acknowledge that men are far more capable of having emotionally meaningless sex than women. Therefore, feminism has taught generations of young women that they are just as capable of enjoying emotionless sex with many partners as are men. The fact is that the great majority of women are deeply dissatisfied with the hook up culture and yearn to bond with a man even more than they yearn for professional success. But feminism came up with the famous and false phrase, “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle” to counter the painful reality that most women feel incomplete without a man in their life -- just as, I might add, most men feel incomplete without a woman. Ironically, however, most men have no trouble acknowledging this.

This is what the notion of Political Incorrectness is all about. The very definition of “Politically Incorrect” is a truth that people on the Left find too painful to acknowledge -- and therefore do not want expressed.

To cite yet another example, why are many young black males in prison? The reason is too painful for the Left to acknowledge and therefore it is politically incorrect to say it: Young black males commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime.  And why are there speech codes on virtually all college campuses? Because the Left doesn’t want to hear facts or opinions that cause them pain.

That’s why the Left developed what it calls “trigger warnings.” A “trigger warning,” as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is “a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc. alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material.” That’s why the Left constantly speaks about being made “uncomfortable” and about feeling “offended.” Being made uncomfortable or feeling offended, is, after all, painful.

Take the left-wing bumper sticker idea, “War Is not the Answer.” The painful truth is that war is often the only answer to great evil. Nazi death camps were liberated by soldiers fighting a war, not by peace activists or by peaceful dialogue with the German regime. But having to acknowledge the moral necessity of war is too painful a truth for many on the Left.

One might say that Leftism appeals to those who wish to remain innocent. Growing up and facing the fact that life is messy, difficult and painful is increasingly a conservative point of view.

I’m Dennis Prager.

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