Cool. Man bites dogma. I really like they way you put conservative expectations in the context of their identity. This is a very important point to understand.
I was once a conservative, too. But I didn’t see it as my identity, for I never learned to equate my opinions to my identity. That made it easier for me to change.
That starting place made it easier for me to consider the possibility that people who don’t “play by the rules” lack the capacity to respond proactively the demands of their environment. In this case, conservatives, especially religious conservatives, tend to think that such capacity is god given rather than learned.
So going forward, I will test your theory and see if the changes in the world represent a threat to the conservative identity. You have given me much to think about, and now I have a new filter to test.