"There is radicalism in all getting, and conservatism in all keeping. Lovemaking is radical, while marriage is conservative. So, too, get-rich-quick capitalism is radical, while a capitalism intent solely on keeping what it already has is conservative. Radicalism itself ceases to be radical when absorbed mainly in preserving its control over a society or an economy."
-- Eric Hoffer --
The Passionate State of Mind
What do you think? Is Hoffer being simplistic here? Is there more to being conservative or radical? Or, is this one of those cases where being simple is best?
Are "getting" and "keeping" the signficant differences between them?
Corporations then would obviously be conservative as their focus is mainly on survival, and all else comes second (or last). Restaurants or cafes are common in this country, if not world-wide. Would opening a new restaurant or cafe be conservative or radical? If that would be a conservative act, what would be necessary to make opening a new restaurant a radical act?
Cat cafes or lounges are very popular now in Japan. Something similar has just opened up in San Francisco (I think). A customer can walk in, order a cup of tea or coffee, and relax. The place has many cats wandering around, and eventually one will come up to investigate and be petted. It is supposed to be very relaxing and peaceful, just right for harried 9-5ers and shoppers.
Would opening up one of these lounges be a radical act? In Japan? Here?