Comfort, Chaos, and Conservatives

After reading a book that is one long interview of Lee Kuan Yew, the late founder of Singapore, a realization struck me.

Anyone over the age of 30 who is comfortable is a conservative, regardless of his ideology. And what a conservative is, at heart, is someone who will tolerate any evil that does not threaten to upset the order in which he lives.

The young, on the other hand, do not fear chaos because they are not comfortable, but because they are too callow and stupid to comprehend what discomfort actually is.

Even the most brilliant minds shy away from any chaos that could threaten the comfort of their order, no matter how inevitable it is.