The Descriptive versus Prescriptive Political Morality

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By Suzanne Deakins, Ph.D. These articles on political morality are not to set down rules of what morality is, but rather to investigate how we rationalize our morality. By understanding our cognitive consciousness we can improve how we speak of our point of view in politics. And we can better understand what we consider to be the oppositional views. It is my belief that only through straight thinking and understanding how that is done will we reach some of our political goals of equality and humaneness. When individuals are asked to express their views of morality and politics they give a definition. These definitions relate to beliefs and words we have been taught to use, rather than to a rational process. Our worldviews affect our rational processes. Each of us has three different worldviews. The first is what we were taught by our families. The influence also includes the relationship we had with our parents or major caregivers. Second is our tribe or community view. These are definitions given by the community we live in. And third are definitions given to us by our country’s global views. All of these views and definitions may use the same words, but the meanings can be quite different. Our political system is based upon the concept of family. Mother or father are head of the family unit. Politically this can be seen as father–conservative and mother–liberal. Our thinking and discussion of these rarely touches on how we reason and instead reveals how we categorize. How we categorize any word or topic inevitably draws us to a conclusion in our thinking and actions that is equal in nature to the category we relate to. So if we say John Doe is a conservative, and our next statement is conservatives are inhumane, thus our conclusion that John Doe is inhumane cannot be avoided. The real problem then becomes separating our unconscious views that affect our thinking and rational thoughts from what we view as the nature of reality or Truth. This is not Truth based on “circumstances†but rather Fact based on axiomatic concepts. An axiom is a Truth that is so no matter what. A way of understanding how an axiom works is to think of 2+2=4. It has always been so, will always be so and cannot be destroyed by saying 2+2=5. If our thinking is based on a belief rather than axioms, we will come to false or contorted conclusions in rationalization. This means the more we explore our individual minds to discover what our decisions are based on, the freer we will be to realize a society who can think and plan in a manner that benefits all of us, no matter what our political dogma is. The word morality has quite a different meaning to a conservative and a liberal. To a conservative it means strict priorities to moral strength brought about by self-control and self-discipline used to overcome external and internal evil, and obedience to parental authority ad nauseam. To the conservative a child is made independent and free through strict and heavily defined parameters. Love and nurturance are of course important to the conservative concept of family, but can never outweigh parental authority. Liberal morality takes a different path to the idea of independence and freedom. The liberal path says a child or person must have empathy and help others who need help. Nurture social ties and take care of oneself. One must be happy and fulfilled to be able to help others. The moral pursuit of self-interest only makes sense within these ideas of empathy and helping others. Love, empathy, and nurturance are primary. Children become responsible, self-disciplined, and self-reliant through being cared for, respected, and caring for others. The more we understand our internal unconscious meanings and experiences, the more articulate we become, and the freer we are to think outside of our boxes of beliefs and allure the infinite creativity available to us all.
Suzanne Deakins, Ph.D. is a publisher (Q Press and One Spirit Press) a writer and Mentor. She is presenting a Spring and Summer Series of seminars called “A Small Revolution.†Robert McEwen will be teaching Quantum Astrology during the series. For more information you can email Suzanne at Look for her renewed website at and Header Photo Credit: Jaione Dagdrømmer via photopin (license).