Politics and Emotions

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Politics and Emotions - 11 Mar 2006

Here is another Blog inspired by the March 2006 issue of the AARP Bulletin.

Under the section heading “Discoveries,” an article entitled “Politics: All Heart, No Head” reiterates what many probably already suspect: Most people are led by emotions, not logic, in forming their opinions about issues and candidates.

Scientists studying reactions, by imaging scans of the brains of staunch Democrats and Republicans to comments made by presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry during the 2004 elections, observed “…activity in parts that govern emotion but little in parts that govern logic.”

The article ends with this interesting comment: “Participants did not spot inconsistencies in the words of their favored candidate but easily caught contradictions made by the other candidate.”

I wrote my 9 March 2006 Blog, “Birth Control and Abortion,” before reading the above-mentioned article; but it seems to underscore the point that where politics are concerned, people in general are led by their emotions.

When you stop to think about it, isn’t it emotional response to politics and religion that results in so many of the riots we see almost daily around the world? And haven’t dictators throughout history manipulated the emotions of crowds to achieve their ends?

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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