Conservatives believe that there is nothing new under the sun. All human behaviors and attempts to regulate them are known to us through history; “new” ideas are usually old, or distractions. Our basic challenge is to impose self-discipline on ourselves as individuals and groups so that we can perceive and adapt to reality.
As part of this, we recognize that the biggest threat to civilization is herd behavior. Herd behavior occurs when people get together and start deferring to the will of the group as a replacement for actual purpose and perception of reality. People in groups operate by social rules which explicitly deny reality.