When we know what's going on we can change it.




The more we know, the better ideas we have.




The more objective thinking we do the better decisions we make.




We all live together and and depend on each other.


The fear and animosity created by humanity's historic us-versus-them tribal nature (based on religion, family, ethnicity, language, clothing and other factors) is still visibly rampant in many parts of the less developed world. It also exists in the U.S. when a single or predominate "opponent" can be identified. We do this by letting our emotions grow to where we personify evil in another particular person or group as a focus for our anger. When these opponents work themselves up into rabid pro and con forces, disagreement easily transforms into intractable hatred and our irrational brain convinces us it is justified.

A visible example of this is sports. Two-party games with specific "rivals" (football, soccer) foment irrational dislike, even to violence (over what is a trivial event in the grand vista of life). However, sports that do not have the same we-versus-they positioning (auto racing, golf) we root for a participant, but do not vilify a particular opponent. For sporting events, it's okay to be irrational and tribal (sans violence), because it doesn't really matter. In parts of life that do matter, such as a two party political system, human equality and personal freedoms, it is important to recognize this tendency toward tribal demonization of the opponent and overcome our brains' initial fear, hatred and irrationality.

"There are large numbers of people who simply don't have the values and vision necessary to be part of an inter-dependent world. They think their differences -- whether religious, political, tribal or ethnic -- are more important than our common humanity." ― Bill Clinton

"Tribalism makes you stupid." ― Mark Shuttleworth

Thanks to Paul P. for this topic

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