Can everybody be sensible, yet come to different conclusions?
Before I address the topic question, let me lay out the personality dimensions I use. Using them will show that people who disagree are not being nonsensical, but are evaluating the facts and possibilities of reality with different concerns in mind. Please note when I discuss the dimensions I emphasize the extreme positions to make them clear. Most people are not at a dimension pole. They tend toward one side or the other.
Stability—Dynamic Dimension (conservative to liberal spectrum)
- Stability—see the successes of past; therefore desire to keep things the same
- Dynamic—see the inequities of the present; therefore desire to change things
- Although most dimensions are relatively independent of social position, Stability—Dynamic is not.
- If you have high status, you tend to experience and see the status quo’s benefits.
- If you have low status, you tend to experience and see the flaws in the operation of the status quo.
Pragmatism—Purism Dimension (ideological spectrum)
- For good results, a pragmatist is willing to forego principle
- No matter the results, a purist must adhere to principle
Risk—Reward DimensionÂ (Fear—Greed tradeoff)
- These are 2 separate dimensions that, because of the way the world works, the position you take on one dimension implies a stance in the other dimension.
- How much risk are you willing to take to gain a potential reward?
Immediate Satisfaction—Delayed Gratification Dimension
- Do you regularly give in to your immediate desires so that your long-term goals don’t get enough time, energy, and attention, making you fall short of them?
- Do you plan so much for the future, that you don’t take any pleasure in the present?;i>
Natural—Theoretical Dimension (one basis for morality)
- Naturalist believe humans developed and evolved with certain behavioral traits â€“ eating meat, being heterosexual. Implying those acts are natural; are right; are morally good
- Theoreticians believe humans can act any way they envision. The acts are possible. The future is ours to make. We can chose from any theoretical possible behavior.
Logical-Creative Dimension (preferred style of thinking)
- Logic people are exact, sticking to what they know. Logical people have words flowing around inside their head.
- Creative people are inexact. They guess what is missing. Creative people have images and ideas popping into their consciousness.
- They see relationships between things that logical thinkers call different
- They have hunches that something is going to happen, because they’ve seen this pattern before.
The particular philosophical dimension a person takes affects how facts are ordered, arranged, prioritized, and linked in a person’s thoughts and decision-making. In that manner, two people with distinct philosophical perspectives can both claim to be logical and yet disagree.
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