Hong Wu wrote:Conservatism is to try and preserve old orders and traditions against change, or to take actions "conservatively" or carefully. The problem with this to my understanding is that as more time passes, just what is to be conserved gets confusing. It's usually irritating to people with bad family backgrounds since it is associated with families, although it's completely possible to be a conservative without a family.
Let's look at progress(ives), which means change. With many changes you can achieve something desirabale, but when you change you are getting rid of the bad of what currently exists but you also get rid of the good of it too. Few issues are black and white, they often contain both good and bad.
Take the legalization and popularization of divorce in the 20th century. Countless people were freed from abusive or loveless relationships (good), but broken families resulted and many children grew up emotionally scarred or lacking a regular mother/father figure (bad). The family unit was much stronger before the 1960's, but now couples are more free. The left cheers people being freed from bad relationships, while the right laments about the decline of the family. The left says "Why does the right want to keep women/people in chains?", while the right says "Why does the left want to destroy the family?". Which is better depends on your priorities. Both have worthwhile goals.
Progressives tend to see things now that are currently bad/unjust, and want to change it to something new that's never existed to make it better (ie: Obama's "Yes We Can" & "Hope"). Conservatives tend to see society changing from what was once good and is becoming worse (ie: MAGA) and want to stop it or even turn back the clock (reactionary).
That's why conservatives tend to be older, and progressives younger. Conservatives, with time of living, can better see how certain things about what once was were better than what exists now or will exist soon. They are also just used to having society a certain way their whole lives and resist change. Progressives tend to be younger, they haven't lived with society being a certain way for half a century or whatnot, so changing it doesn't bother them, they see new change as positive.
Do not hate your political enemies, empathize with them. People usually don't have evil intentions.