The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble. ~Henry Miller
After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over. ~Alfred Edward Perlman, New York Times, 3 July 1958
It's the most unhappy people who most fear change. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~Harold Wilson
Here is the definition of the word "conservatism" from an online dictionary:
1. Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.
2. Traditional or restrained in style: a conservative dark suit.
3. Moderate; cautious: a conservative estimate.
4. a. Of or relating to the political philosophy of conservatism.
b. Belonging to a conservative party, group, or movement.
5. Conservative Of or belonging to the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom or
the Progressive Conservative Party in Canada.
6. Conservative Of or adhering to Conservative Judaism.
7. Tending to conserve; preservative.
Conservatives are people who are terrified of change. Which means that they are terrified of their own humanity. They would prefer to live surrounded by robots who keep reiterating the same preprogrammed movements. When confronted by evidence that human beings are not robots and are not interested in living in the mechanical paradise envisioned by the conservatives, they become enraged.
In the last few decades, conservatives have become increasingly more rabid and scary in the outlandish manifestations of their rage. This is not surprising since the world today is changing at a more rapid pace than ever. Turn on Fox News (or don't, if you are unprepared for your senses to be assaulted by uncontrollable hatred) and you will see a bunch of people who hate the universe for existing in a state of perpetual motion, their fellow human beings for enjoying rapid technologic and intellectual advances, and themselves for being incapable of absorbing any new information, viewpoint, or fact of reality.