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Polarization has not helped anyone

That is except politicians and other people with agendas.  This is similar to the discussion what Truth is.  There is your truth and mine.  Well, this is very much related to how we look at it and the Truth lies somewhere between us two.  Truth is ultimate and is supposed to be objective.  It can never possibly be one single thing as we can only look at it from the vantage point of our life’s journeys.

In a world of all shades of gray, it looks so comforting that there is a prospect of paving the way for a black and white approach.   Polarization of different view point is ironically very much needed and so attractive to us as we want to know where people stand.  Why?  Simply, because we are very primal that way.  Our lizard brain from way back when it helped us survive a very dangerous world.  Fight or flight were the two primary modes we were in.  Recognizing the things that could hurt of kill us dominated our thinking mode and that made it necessary to figure out which things and being we could trust and which ones we could not.  It is this desire to look for patterns of predictable patterns that our brains want to obtain the trust from that no bad things will happen.

That is the dynamic that drives us toward polarization of matters.  It is much easier – or so it seems – to derive predictability from the polar opposite extremes.  If you are too close to the middle it could go either way which may be the better thing to do, but it is too unpredictable.  You do not want to lose.  Thus you choose the predictable outcome and the comfort of the safety blanket that this thought pattern invokes.

With few exceptions there are very few items in our life’s that are universally bad or good.  So how do we dare to claim that we are objective but are unwilling to accept that between two viewpoints the truth lies somewhere as a third delta point somewhere as an outlier between the two?


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