There are many ways to “frame” or look at an issue through a specific prism.  One of the most interesting ways to look at a political issue and understand ways that people understand that issue differently is through the lens of Moral Foundations Theory.  

The Moral Foundations Theory is a psychological and social theory that suggests that there are innate moral foundations or principles that guide human behavior and judgment. These moral foundations are believed to be universal and cross-cultural, and they include:

  • Care/Harm: This foundation is based on the idea that people should avoid causing harm to others and instead promote their well-being.

  • Fairness/Cheating: This foundation is based on the idea that people should treat others fairly and justly, and not cheat or take advantage of them.

  • Loyalty/Betrayal: This foundation is based on the idea that people should be loyal to their group or community, and avoid betraying them.

  • Authority/Subversion: This foundation is based on the idea that people should respect authority and hierarchy, and not undermine or subvert them.

  • Sanctity/Degradation: This foundation is based on the idea that people should respect and preserve the purity and sacredness of certain things, such as the body or the environment, and avoid degradation or contamination.

To learn more about the Moral Foundations Theory please watch this TED talk video by one of the primary authors of the theory Jonathan Haidt

  • Charles Naumer

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