My dad forwarded this to my e-mail the other day. It gently explains the difference in thinking between people with opposite outlooks. I love this simple explanation!
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.
She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.
The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.
He responded by asking how she was doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.
Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?”
She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”
Her father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”
The father slowly smiled, winked, and said, “Welcome to the conservative side of the fence.”
If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test! Which one are you?
- If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
- If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned.
- If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
- If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced.
- If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or finds a job that provides it. Liberals demand that the rest of us pay for theirs.
- If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal looks for someone to take care of him.
- If a conservative doesn’t like a memorial statue, he accepts it for its historic or artistic value. If a liberal doesn’t like it, he will demand that it be torn down.
- If a conservative doesn’t like something that happened in the past, he will make sure it doesn’t happen again. A liberal will erase it from the history books. (“Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them.”)
- If a conservative reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh. A liberal will delete it because he or she is “offended.”
Can you think of any other examples? Leave a comment!