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  •  It's all tribal. (1+ / 0-)
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    Identity and belonging trump everything, including logic, science, ethics, morality -- everything.  Over the long course of human evolution those who belonged to a group tended to survive and reproduce even if that group was remarkably unjust or violent or hostile.  Tribal belonging -- and the real need to belong -- is also why it is almost impossible to change people's minds on issues that form their identity. You are asking them for much more than simply seeing things in a different light.  It is like marriage, only stronger.

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