Fishnut wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 22, 2021 1:05 pm
I remember being told as a kid that people get more conservative as they get older - something about how having money makes you more selfish I guess.
Possible one of the quotes mentioned here: https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/02/24/heart-head/
such as it's title:
If You Are Not a Liberal at 25, You Have No Heart. If You Are Not a Conservative at 35 You Have No Brain
I'm not sure that selfishness is the explanation. I can see at least two other (related) explanations.
When you're young, you learn how the world works and, if you're clever, can think of many ways things could be better. Consequently, you want to change society. As you grow older you find out how people have tried to do this, and maybe directly experience it, and realise just how many ways it can go wrong, so you lose your enthusiasm for change and develop a liking for keeping things the way they are, rather than risking making them worse.
With regard to personal wealth, I think an important factor is that people always imagine that everyone else is more like them than they are. When you're young (and relatively poor because you have not had time to build up any wealth), you value opportunity. If you build up wealth, then there are two factors. You obviously want to stay wealthy, but also you imagine that if you acquired wealth then the system must work and it should work for everyone, so you think it's basically good - not realising that other people are different and you have probably benefited from a considerable amount of luck.
Though, of course, it's merely a tendency. There are young conservatives and old liberals.