Essay:Conservative Benefits

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There are significant personal benefits to conservatism:

  1. it recognizes that ideas, and particularly political ideas, do have serious personal consequences[1]
  2. it recognizes that politics and culture are adversarial and deceitful, and helps one filter the falsehoods
  3. it allows one to speak and think freely without distortion by political correctness
  4. it enables one to rise above his personal likes and dislikes[2]
  5. it recognizes the importance of personal self-defense, mentally and physically
  6. it encourages a personal frugality that doesn't waste other people's money ... or one's own
  7. it encourages self-restraint that is invaluable in combating addiction, temptation, and obesity
  8. it encourages self-sufficiency and self-help rather than dependency
  9. it facilitates genuine personal charity, with all its spiritual benefits
  10. it is shared across all religions and cultures
  11. it facilitates extraordinary insights and epiphanies
  12. it helps tremendously in raising and educating the next generation, including one's own children
  13. it appreciates law and order, and the personal value in adhering to it
  14. it helps one to realize the potential of every human life
  15. it reinforces the ideal that if one works hard enough, he can be anything that he wants to be
  16. it encourages family values, mainly financial and emotional assistance within the family as opposed to a centralized beurocracy
  17. it instills a sense of pride in one's country, which is crucial to becoming a contributing member of its society

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  1. For example, a belief in legalized drugs can lead to drug use and its harm.
  2. Often a debate with a liberal comes down to what he likes and does not like.

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