Get Over It
Outrage is the frame for so many current conversations about politics, social justice, income inequality, individual rights, environmental policy, #metoo—you name it. There always seems to be some central argument where conservatives and liberals not only disagree, but are outraged by the opposing point of view. We can’t even agree on basic principles, such as that we all love our country and that we all want our fragile experiment in democracy to succeed.
We will never be able to understand a point of view diametrically opposed to our own if we fail to see the unconscious archetypes and principles that underly it—as well as those that lie beneath our own frame of reference. And if we do not understand the ideas we think we oppose, we’re doomed to keep repeating ourselves in an endless debate where the audience we need to reach cannot hear us.
George Lakoff put his finger squarely on this problem more than twenty years ago, and his book Moral Politics is even more relevant today. In it, he breaks down the moral architecture of liberal and conservative thought and policy, putting a completely different frame around the fracture of our social structures.
And if that’s still TLDR, here’s an even more succinct take on Lakoff’s remarkable insights in an interview from last year: