The watering hole

Conservatives and liberals. One side is right, therefore, the other side must be wrong. But which is right and which is wrong? Both. Neither.

Please allow me to briefly explain.

A source of water was crucial to early man; so crucial that men would kill to obtain it. And kill to keep it. Water meant life. Lack of water meant certain death.

So imagine our earliest ancestors. A small group happen upon a watering hole. Everyone is healthy, happy, content. Now, another group comes along. They want the watering hole.

What does the first group do?

Two choices. The conservatives would fight the would-be invaders and hold on to what belongs to them. The liberals would welcome the other group to join them.

Which is right, which is wrong?

It all depends. Is there enough water for both groups? If so, perhaps we would be better to welcome the other group. First off, if we fight, we might lose. Secondly, if we welcome the other group, it would increase our numbers, giving us a better chance to survive the next attack. And there will, inevitably, be another attack.

If there’s not enough water for both groups, the choice is easy: Fight to hold on to what we have. It’s no longer a moral question. It’s a matter of life and death.


So, who is right, conservatives or liberals? The answer is the same now as it was ages ago: It all depends…

3 thoughts on “The watering hole”

  1. Huh, that’s an interesting viewpoint. Until I read this post, I would have been one of the (clearly) thousands of Americans at present who say “neither, they’re both terrible.” But, as you mentioned, I suppose it just depends on the circumstances. That is not to say that I align myself with either. To be honest, I’m fed up with both sides at the moment, but I’m intrigued by your point. 🙂

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