We usually attribute the aversion to saying “no” to politicians who say “yes” to special interests and pass the cost onto the larger majority.
But, the aversion to saying “no” is everywhere. The “tough”, highly paid, CEO’s of corporations have it. You can see the aversion when business falters and corporations announce layoffs of white collar, middle management, staff. “We will not reduce services to our customers,” they say.
If the people being laid off are not needed to provide goods and services to the customers today, why were they hired in the first place? The aversion to “no” was there when high level managers wanted more staff. The CEO said, “yes”.
Most of us would have an aversion to saying “no” when our child asks, “Have I been good enough for Santa this year?” There seems little harm in saying “yes” there.
The aversion to “no” is present in religion. We are child like in our fear of death. Thus, we ask clergy, search ancient books and look wherever we can to feed our aversion to “no”. We want “yes” to the question, “Can I have life after death?”
Here is where Freethinkers and atheists serve society. They are the last defense of honesty about life after death and invisible beings. People don’t like those who say “no”, those don’t exist.
In spite of the angry aversion to “no”, Freethinkers say it anyway.