Edmund Burke recognized in the 18th century that the mass of people might not be bright, witty, cultivated, or sharp, but they were not dumb. They held onto parts of the culture, not out of sympathy, clinging to the past, or pure tradition, but because those parts of society and culture worked for them. When they stopped working, people would and did get rid of things from the past, slavery is just one example.
Today’s elites, on all sides of the political spectrum, academic and scientific worlds, seem to scorn the common man, the working class, the poor. These scorned people hold on to their beliefs, because they make their life better. It would do our society well to recognize this, and to stop denigrating those ideas, forces, and cultures we do not agree with, and recognize that if we do not come to terms, of courtesy, manners, and respect towards them, they will gladly pull this nation apart, rather than give up what is their life to and for them.