- Psychologically limited
- Fearing isolation and instability
- Morally imperfect
- Selfish and greedy and desiring power
Conservatism, as a political attitude, is defined by the desire to conserve, and is reflected in a resistance to, or at least suspicion of, change. The central themes of conservative ideology are tradition, human imperfection, organic society, hierarchy/authority and property.
For a conservative, tradition reflects the accumulated wisdom of the past, and institutions and practices that have been 'tested by time'; it should be preserved for the benefit of the living and for generations yet to come.
Conservatives view human nature pressimistically, they are flawed in at least three senses..
- Human beings are limited, dependent and security-seeking creatures (Psychologically)
- They are morally corrupt, tainted by selfishness, greed and a thirst for power (Morally)
- Human rationality is unable to cope with the infinite complexity of the world. (Intellectually)
The belief that society should be viewed…