Episode 48

48. The Problem of Conservative and Liberal - [Time, Change, & Holding Tradition and Progress Together]

What should be our relationship to tradition and progress?

Is the debate on conservatives and liberals haphazardly assumed in our culture? In this episode, we pull back the curtain on what has become a cultural and political institution through the lens of time and change.

The past is the only known data but is constantly over. The future holds possibility, but it is unknown. Meanwhile, the world is constantly changing.

Tradition and progress is a question of the past versus the future in the midst of an avoidably changing world.

The conservative perspective uses the past to implicate the present, prioritizes known data, and is honest about human limitations, but is not honest about the changing nature of existence. It elevates tradition because the past is useful.

The liberal perspective emphasizes the future because it prioritizes possibility. It is honest about change and is able to adapt to a constantly changing context, but it is working with unknown data.

Can we use what is known while still adapting to context?

Can we harness both data and imagination?

The balance of tradition and progress is about having a proper relationship with both time and change. We need to hold both perspectives together.

About the Podcast

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Becoming Human
Meaningful content to craft how you live. Becoming Human is about education and lifestyle; exploring the world — whether philosophy, psychology, sociology, or any field available — to better live in it. The goal is ethics through learning.

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Tyler Kleeberger

Becoming Human

It’s an infinite conversation, really. What does it mean to be alive? How should we live? What is the best, healthiest way to exist and do all of the things that make up life?

There’s a lot to explore.

And even more questions to ask.

But that’s what we are here to do.

I’m Tyler Kleeberger and consider me a curator of these conversations. I am, conveniently, a nerd so I see it as my job to go and discover everything I can about a topic or idea and use any field imaginable — from philosophy to psychology, economics to history, and everything in between — and then share it with you.

I hope you’ll consider going on this journey with me. We’re trying to get smarter and live better. You can find more information at tylerkleeberger.com.

Let’s learn, let’s grow, and let’s become more human.