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20 Observations About Human Nature That Liberals Would Probably Disagree With

Courtney37 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 9:55 AM
Add to it that self-reliance is better for both the economy and the environment, and you might attract more swing votes.
Peter906 Wrote: Dec 01, 2012 10:08 AM
(As a liberal,) I agree about self-reliance. But I think that big business and big government both are threats to self-reliance.
I favor some big gov't because it supports self-reliance, by insuring you against chance events that are not your fault -- your employer (e.g. Enron) goes bankrupt and you lose your pension, you have a -- always expensive -- health emergency, you don't have a spare $250,000, and your employer does not offer health insurance. You can be self-reliant, work hard, and enjoy the fruits of your labor *if* or *as long as* you know that chance cannot destroy you. (I don't mind that sometimes chance hurts -- it is the destruction that worries me.)

1) Working hard, being self-reliant and taking responsibility for your own life are good for you and will make you much happier than having too much leisure time, being overly dependent and giving others responsibility for your life.

2) The more a behavior is rewarded with attention, fame, sympathy or money, the more of it we'll see. We recognize this almost instinctively when it comes to good behaviors, but we also tend to almost habitually block it out when it comes to behaviors we don't want to encourage.

3) There's nothing shameful about being poor -- but, if you stay...