Neither Ignorance nor Greed are Virtues
Building a narrative is essential for all change planning. For all planning for that matter. But for what is traditionally identified as liberal/progressive in the US vernacular, you have highlighted the missing piece. Beside the dreaded ‘intelligent’ presentation the communication is almost completely empathic and moral. There is no real narrative except the heart warming tale of prejudice overcome or the tears of possibility denied. That is not a narrative that tells people what they can become. It’s not their story. People only want to hear a version of their story. Preferably a better version that brings them something good. And there is another problem.
I completely disagree with denying intelligence. The conservative part of the population (and the conservative part of each person) is worried about change and comforted by continuity. As we know, fear from threat triggers reaction and dislike leading to hate. The conservative part of the population is very prone to this. As a result they avoid change and large population centers. For the same reason they avoid new and challenging information. So those most consistently conservative tend to be challenged by learning except in very traditional and defined settings. Hence their quick take on myth based religions and preference for authoritarian rule.
We are well on the way to replacing the entire human world order system driven by technology, population density,and urbanization. To put it bluntly it makes no sense to appeal to conservatives because the narrative we are actually building is the worst thing the conservative minority could imagine. Even if you give them a nice progressive narrative there are not going to buy it. But that’s OK.
The disaster we’re in is caused by the change we’re in and it is planetary. The post industrial political units are bearing the brunt of the change and basically ate going to be consigned to history. So you’re chasing a hopeless object to win a lost battle.
But this is potentially an incredible win. What we, again, call liberal and progressive is also the intellectual and moral object of everything we have been achieving for the last two hundred. years. Our old industrial societies used political systems that were weighted heavily to their land owning and materialist elite as that was, originally, the majority excluding the actual majority. We either change that our become materialist backwaters. And that is what is happening.
So, I say, ignore the conservatives and educate the rest to the new world narrative. By nature we will remain empathic and concerned with diversity and rights and that will take care of the conservatives who, like old people, will quarantine themselves for their own protection.