In today’s New York Times, Jonathan Haidt writes an article entitled, “Follow the Money, Follow the Sacredness.” In this article he provides a very concise anthropological summary or our our political system organized into armed camps like we currently are witnessing. And, it is very easy to be smug, carefully and comfortably ensconced in our own political persuasion, but it behooves us to note how it is probably very self-serving. Haidt writes:
The key to understanding tribal behavior is not money, it’s sacredness. The
great trick that humans developed at some point in the last few hundred thousand years is the ability to circle around a tree, rock, ancestor, flag, book or god, and then treat that thing as sacred. People who worship the same idol can trust one another, work as a team and prevail over less cohesive groups. So if you want to understand politics, and especially our divisive culture wars, you must follow the sacredness.
Haidt then succinctly summarizes the liberal narrative and then counters with the Reagan conservative viewpoint. I strongly encourage you to read this article.