What is social conservatism and how can The Four Maxims help you understand and apply it to everyday life? Most such discussions stem from a single individual or expert, but an important difference in The (First) 4 Maxims Of Social Conservatism (evident in the author line, if nothing else) is that this book comes not from a one perspective but from a collective effort.
The authors, "WE", embrace one of the basic premises of social conservatism by placing this discussion not in the hands of the usual politician associated with being a 'conservative', but in the lives of everyday individuals. The authors of this book work in various trades and professions, are members of civic organizations or school groups, and bring to the table diverse family backgrounds and experiences, blending insights on social conservatism into a unified theory based on maxims that apply to everyday American life.
Thus, The (First) 4 Maxims Of Social Conservatism gains its strength not from political mandate or expertise, but from the life experiences and homegrown tenants of its contributors.
Lest readers anticipate a blend of autobiography and self-help, however, they shouldn't. The (First) 4 Maxims relies on the intersection of history, science, and logic to craft these keys to daily living. It's not a discussion based on religion and it isn't written just to appeal to conservatives, but reaches out to anyone who would consider how to best live, and what kind of society supports those goals.
'Social conservativism' itself is all about addressing social problems starting not from the political top, but from the bottom - and this means the lives, hearts and minds of the common man. It advocates less government by laying forth the kinds of lifestyles that result in less dependency, and less isolation, psychological issues, crime, divorce, incarceration, out-of-wedlock births, and drug dependency (among other goals).
How can these lofty ideals be achieved? Not by enacting laws; but through grassroots changes from the bottom up. If this all sounds impossible, read on. The idea is not to force people into niches, nor is it about governments enacting laws: it provides both a foundation for better living and a springboard for linking personal and social transformation processes by applying the initial four maxims described in this book (more are projected to evolve from this effort).
From clarifications on what differentiates a social liberal from a social conservative ("If your outlook is: "Life should be lived by a Pleasure Principle," and you strive to live that outlook (especially in the area of social relationships), then you're a social liberal. If your outlook is: "Life should be lived by a Happiness Principle," and you strive to live that outlook (especially in the area of social relationships, then you're a social conservative.") to exactly how these efforts manifest in choices in living one's life, The (First) 4 Maxims Of Social Conservatism couldn't get any clearer in its ideals and discussions.
Indeed, The (First) 4 Maxims is packed with so much food for thought that it's recommended for reading in bits and pieces, as each digested concept is weighty and ideally should be thought about in the context of a reader's past, present, and future life choices.
Embedded with website reference links throughout and peppered with evidence on what makes people happiest and most satisfied with their choices in life, this lively discourse is a 'must' for any thinking reader, conservative or liberal, who would consider behavioral and philosophical adjustments in pursuit of a greater goal.