Mentally-Gated Communities

“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social enviroment. Most people are incapable of forming such opinions.”

― Albert Einstein

There’s no desire to coexist peacefully, there’s a refusal to compromise on the smallest things, shunning and demonizing and refusing to believe it possible different others have any worth. A mentally-gated community that has resulted in a certain in-breeding of opinion that culimates in abject prejudice and attacking at every opportunity with the ultimate goal of marginalizing anyone that doesn’t share the same beliefs.

I could be describing ISIS.

Or Americans.

Dispite our professed beliefs in the brotherhood of man, equality of opportunity, and tolerance of different opinions, there’s been a resurgence of tribalism, a balkanization where we have devolved into separate camps exhibiting the same parochialism discribed above on issues as diverse as politics, sex, ethic origins (immigration), and religion. What we are engaged in mirrors ISIS.

And, as Albert sadly noted, most people can’t or don’t dare give any recognition or support to those outside their own social environment; it’s the “herd mentality” where people find comfort and validation among those like themselves.

To paraphrase Walt Kelly’s Pogo, “I see the enemy and he is us.”

– Bill


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