Do you agree or disagree with the author's perspective in the following quote?"I think experience will teach you a combination of liberalism and conservatism. We have to be progressive and at the...

Do you agree or disagree with the author's perspective in the following quote?

"I think experience will teach you a combination of liberalism and conservatism. We have to be progressive and at the same time we have to retain values. We have to hold onto the past as we explore the future."

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I understand this quote to mean that after you grow up, sometimes you are liberal and sometimes you are conservative. When you are young, everything is black an white. As you get older, you start to realize that there are shades of gray, and not everything is as simple as it seemed.
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I do not agree with this perspective.  I think that there are times when it is right to be conserative and times when it is right to be liberal.  If we try to split the difference every time, we might just end up being wrong.

For example, let's look at the Civil Rights Movement in US History.  At that point in time, being liberal was the right thing to do.  If we had held on to the past at that point, we would have been doing a grave injustice to the African Americans.  Holding on to the past would have meant that we would continue to deny them their rights.  In that case, then, it would have been wrong to adopt the sort of wishy-washy outlook that this speaker is giving.

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