“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. 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 culminates in abject prejudice and attacking at every opportunity with the ultimate goal of eliminating anyone that doesn’t share the same beliefs.
I could be describing ISIS. Or Americans.
Despite our professed beliefs in the brotherhood of man, equality of opportunity, and tolerance of different opinions, there’s been a resurgence of tribalism, where we have devolved into separate camps exhibiting a parochialism on issues such as politics, sex, immigration and religion. What we are engaged in mirrors ISIS: Intolerance and hate.
As Einstein sadly noted, most people can’t or don’t dare give recognition or support to those outside their social environment; it’s the “herd mentality” where people find comfort and validation only among those like themselves.
To paraphrase Walt Kelly’s Pogo, “I see the enemy and he is us.”