I write today because, as many times before, I desire to ask a question to help with my growth as a thinker and writer. But I will not get to the question until the end of this post. The more that I have come to accept being a conservative individual, the more I desire to understand what it is that I am identifying with.
I know conservatism can be a few different things to different people. You know it may be akin to those of us who are religious (and may be in some way, those who are irreligious): we may adhere to a certain religion, say Christianity, but different Christians will see Christianity as being different things (even things that are heretical to what has been argued as its core beliefs).
Conservatism, as a political and social philosophy, has becoming increasingly more important to me as something that I must dig my heels into. I no longer just desire to claim myself a conservative because of my sporadic hero-worship of my father and my fandom of individuals like Ben Shapiro, Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Roger Scruton. Now, my identification as a conservative is rooted in more of an acceptance of seeing certain things appearing to be right or a better course of action (partially stemming from my worldview).
For example, I am against abortion because I see it as a right course of action to not kill humans in the womb, even if they are not fully developed or have a fully evolved personhood (or an awareness of self).
However, I know that there is still more for me to think through as to why I prefer this road than a more liberal progressive one. Plus, I read a piece the other day that really grabbed my attention about what conservatism is also about. From the author’s view (and maybe Edmund Burke’s view), conservatism can even be community-centric and accepting of change, even a change that it disapproves of. I like this idea!
So, after reading this piece, it may me realize that I have more to do when it comes to researching and understanding conservatism. It means a ton more books and a lot of deep reflection on what it is that I accept as truth. It means that I need to learn more about Dr. Thomas Sowell, Dr. Walt Williams, Edmund Burke, Russel Kirk, F. A. Hayek, William F. Buckley, and apparently so many more.
I have my work cut out for me when it comes to being a true conservative.
So, finally, to my question. It is this: how much should one know about a philosophy or religion that they adhere to, before they say that they are an adherent of said belief system?
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