How We Think Helps Explain the Culture Wars - Crisis Magazine:
I'm using the above article as a jumping off point for a theory of my own my subconscious has been working on for the past couple of weeks.
That theory runs something like this. Science is able to tell us how, Religion is able to tell us why. When we remove the why- when we remove religion- we remove an essential bit of data necessary for long term planning. Resource allocation alone is not enough. If the cynic knows the cost of everything and the price of nothing, the modern technocrat knows the price of everything and the cost of nothing.
This affects both the liberal and the conservative sides of America. Liberals are adopting unsustainable sexual morals; conservatives are adopting unsustainable industrial practices.
Without tradition, civilization can't continue.