posted on Sep, 1 2014 @ 12:37 AM
a reply to: humanityrising
I think that humans are, at the base, social animals. Part of our innate drives is to be part of a herd, a collective of some sort.
This is not irrational- the fact is that, an individual has higher chances of survival if part of a collective. One of the challenges to the
individualist is to overcome their own fear of death, which will lead away from individualism and into "herd mentality". One man against many
doesn't win (despite our myths and stories which fancy such a storyline).
When you polarize a question, you push the listener to make a choice. You put pressure on them to "get off the fence" and join a camp. This is part
of our social animal drives, which not only pull us to be part of a group, but to constantly seek to re-enforce the strength and numbers of the group,
through enlistment of new members.
My personal opinion at this time is that the extreme individualism and independence our culture has tried to nurture and develop has been successful-
it drove our social instincts into subconscious drives, that manifest in ways less consciously controlled. The taboo effect is happening.
Instead of people simply admitting they have desire and need to be part of a herd, and taking the time to choose the grouping they shall submit to and
be dependant on, they are jumping into whatever ones present themselves, without discernment.
When your body is starving for food, it will jump on just about any food that comes around,
same thing when it is starving for belongingness.....