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Mindful Conservatism: Humanity's Past—and Future?

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Conservatism has been part of western culture since the 19th century. Edmund Burke (1962), one of its most honored founders, emphasized maintaining a community’s traditions— the practices that worked over generations to support wellbeing, which by extension support a diversity of approaches to living well.

According to Burke, abstract ideas from outside of a community were to be weighed for their benefit to the local community, not imposed on them from without.

Also vital for Burke’s philosophy is a partnership among the community’s living, dead and future members, strikingly similar to American Indian ethics of keeping in mind the “seventh generation” when making decisions.

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