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Should our actions, votes or opinions be based on identity, or objective fact?
Are there varying "team facts?"
I would agree that protecting the environment is often presented as a political ideology, but I think that's a category error, so we should recast it
As for religion being unifying - that was true when the world was bigger. Now that the world is so small, religion usually plays the role of divider.
Unless the "ideology" is critically analysed, and all the facts considered. Then it becomes an objective fact.That’s not how human group psychology seems to work. Environmental protection is just one part of a political ideology and political ideologies are divisive.
Tribalism is natural, so it gets imposed upon religion. That is a far cry from showing religion as the cause of tribalism.Dictatorial unity tends to be an us vs them variety. Make people aware of a common enemy, like climate change, and you'll likely get an all-in-this-together response.
The 'natural' tribalism of religion often discourages a dispassionate understanding of our common humanity and interests.
So if it weren't for religion we'd all be united?We have not tried very hard, and, in many cases, we've actively contributed to propaganda by special interests.
We've scrapped the fairness doctrine. News outlets have been bought up by a handful of large corporations, and tow the corporate line. Network news is no longer a mandated loss-leader, but an entertainment show. Social media pander to users' individual bias. Schools aren't teaching critical thinking skills, logic, or media literacy. Our population is poorly informed on issues, knows not where to find relevant, unbiased information, and is turning to "team spirit" as a facile, decision making modality.
I’ve talked in length about my why I believe what I believe and I’m sure you’ve read them.But how have you decided it's truth? You've admitted before that your opinions are based on gut feeling, rather than evidence. It's short-sighted and unregulated technology that's causing the problem.
From what I can see, magical thinking underlies your beliefs.
What are your beliefs based on, if not magic?
Our response may be political, but the problem itself is objective.Protecting the environment is by definition political and involves many political factors.
There’s no way around that.
We could present ameliorating legislation, but getting the public to accept significant change has always been problematic.Still no one ever seems to be able to present something that is more unifying as an alternative.
There’s lots of things that would be great in theory, but it’s akin to magical thinking to expect them to happen in the real world.