Comment 62458

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted April 19, 2011 at 11:53:56 in reply to Comment 62451

Perhaps the biggest problem, in my experience, is when people are set against each other. Whether it's the personal motives of someone in power or the natural evolution of a broad and impersonal institution, it's a staggeringly effective way to rule people. It's also a downright awful way to live.

Gated communities really go to demonstrate how terrified people are today of each other. They're dramatic examples, though, of tensions which play out all through our communities.

Much of it's propaganda, but much of it isn't. Our society has winners and losers. And it's hard to struggle to be a "winner" (or survive otherwise) without starting to believe in some absurd mythology which makes you "different" and paints everyone else as hostile.

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