The two of you have fundamental differences in what you value. While you are a traditionalist who will likely find challenging the status quo unnecessary, if not outright alarming, your counterpart tends to be a bit of an agitator, seeking out ways to shake up the system and make things newer, faster, and better. While you have a lot of potential to learn from one another, there are also a lot of hurdles to overcome if you are to understand each other.
At your core, you put faith in tradition and trust what has worked in the past. You appreciate social ties and feel comforted, rather than restricted, by institutions and traditions. Rather than being excited by the unknown, you finds it taxing to strike out into new territory. For this reason, you are inclined to stick with what you know and follow in the footsteps of the people and communities you trust.
Your counterpart, on the other hand, values change. They believe that everything can be analyzed, dissected, re-engineered, and improved. They most likely love science, technology, and innovations in business. To them, the future is an exciting place, and they may enjoy fantasizing about what the world will be like in 20, 50, or even a thousand years.
Your counterpart tends to have very little interest in tradition, while you have little interest in change for change's sake. In the worst case scenario, you're likely to feel that your counterpart is impractical, unrealistic, and insensitive to the needs of people who rely on established ways of doing things. For their part, they're likely to see you as a bit dull and unimaginative.
But conflict is not inevitable, and you each have something truly valuable to offer one another. For you, with a bit of trust, you can allow your counterpart to help you explore the unknown with a bit more enthusiasm. Their excitement and confidence in times of change can show you that what is new is not always unwelcome, and progress can be (and often is) a good thing.
On the flip side, you offer your counterpart a compassionate reality check for their sometimes pie-in-the-sky ideas. You’ll soon learn that, although they have some wonderfully innovative ideas, they're often mixed in with a few half-baked duds. You are uniquely positioned to tell your counterpart, gently, when they're wasting time reinventing the wheel.