What happens when you mix a professor of psychology with a theoretical evolutionary biologists? The content of their conversation mediated by Joe Rogan isn’t for the average person, but if you’re seeking a higher level discussion on the modern phenomena of partisan social ideology. This is a savory taste of two progressive perspectives. You would have to inhabit an isolated cave to not be aware of the venomous rhetoric being spewed by both sides to this ideological showdown. The composition of the different sides are complex, and the possibilities for fusing the divide are exponentially more complex. Rooted in the cognitive drain, deep level contemplation provides, biologically we don't support enough qualified participants to move the needle. Evolutionarily speaking, we've sorted for this type of showdown for an awful long time. Each and every generation re-enforces yet another layer of social complexity to the equation, while simultaneously feeding the problem. The social, political, and ideological constructs we've derived to guide humanity through the darkness of premodern technology fail to address the underlying support of enough well informed people, that lack the emotional distraction for overcoming the challenge. This polarized dissention continues to bloom out of control, because there’s not enough reasonable individuals containing its presence inside of the extremes. 


Ideology is is such a compelling bitch in the human landscape. Once again the Catholic Church is being identified for some fucked up shit that’s alleged to have been subdued for decades. How can an organization so rife with misbehaving be allowed to go unincumbered by social scrutiny?





Maybe the fact that no single denomination is as widely represented in the legislative branch of government. No religious affiliation is almost nonexistent in the realm of federal government. Politics and religion are inextricably correlated in the United States, despite the fact religious acknowledgement doesn’t support this dynamic by the population.


Christianity is the largest religion in the United States with the various Protestant Churches having the most adherents. In 2016, Christians represent the 73.7% of the total population, 48.9% identifying as Protestants, 23.0% as Catholics and 1.8% as Mormons, and are followed by people having no religion with 18.2% of the total population.

[1] Judaism is the second largest religion in the U.S., practised by 2.1% of the population, followed by Islam with the 0.8%. Mississippi is the most religious state in the country, with 63% of its adult population described as very religious, saying that religion is important to them and attending religious services almost every week , while New Hampshire, with only 20% of its adult population described as very religious, is the least religious state.[3] ~Wikipedia~





Align this with religiosity among the population, and suddenly the support for what’s in the spotlight becomes clear. Values get distorted by perspectives, and this concept of leadership drifts toward the extremes of the tribal perceptions of belonging to some social construct bigger than one’s individual existence. The responsibility of the individual hero per Jordan Peterson is ignored by this fucked up umbrella we’ve crafted to manage the herd. “It’s not a matter of accepting the validity of the science, but realizing the science applies to you...” ~Daniel Khanaman~ 




Living in a self directed perspective tends to lead us into taking situations and compressing the complexity of their circumstances into easy to digest stories. It comes to us very naturally as we cruise around on autopilot letting the automatic systems of our brain lead the way for much of our daily lives. Where this becomes an issue is whenever we assume things when relating to others, and then complicate matters more by having them do the same. You see, that perspective is unique to a single reality, and can’t really be transposed onto someone else’s. It’s just so fucking convenient for us to slap our sense of how something is or feels across another persons life, because that’s how we see it. It take painstaking focus and personal discipline to overcome this human trait. 


   “So, how do we move beyond our overly assumptive nature...?” 


This is where I’m at in this process, so take it for what it’s worth. Listen! We can’t gain another perspective without shutting down the one we have long enough to allow for different variations of something to be considered. This far more difficult than it sounds! Think of all the mediums for communication in today’s ever complex world. Each one must be adapted to in order to extract a reasonable viewpoint of another persons reality. Face to face gives one the best opportunity to really focus on what someone is trying to express, but not always available. Hearing their voice would be next in line, given the way our auditory system lends toward inflection during speech. Written correspondence becomes a bigger challenge, as it requires expressive capacity by the other person in order to instill enough details for detection of their perspective. 


  “Here’s the tricky part...the place we often highjack the story” 


Finding the patience to allow ourselves to consider what’s in front of us. Taking the time to digest and examine the content of another persons words as it relates to their feelings without making assumptions. Rapport is a delicate meshing of two or more perspectives, and must be nurtured and fostered with great care and attention to others emotional realms. The benefits are far more beneficial than any sense of being right can provide. This level of tolerance and acceptance of others perspectives is what the world needs more of. Defense and protection only breeds contempt, where love has no room to flourish. A life without all the love available isn’t the safe haven it’s portrayed to be. There is no limit to our capacity to love one another or care about one another in a deep and meaningful way. It simply takes practice and discipline to overcome our natural tendency to displace it with our over simplified assumptions...





"Holiday fudge..."


Out of any ordinary circumstance arises this whimsical extravaganza of the imagination we identify as fantasy. Close enough to reality to maintain our attention, yet far enough removed to feel like a safe alternative. Is this how we reconcile the hopes we fail to achieve, or how we pacify the failures we can't accept. The truth gets tossed around so much, we can hardly recognize its purpose some days. Homo Sapiens are the creators of the lie. There's never been a single member of our species that hasn't perpetrated this human born concept. The concept of fantasy is simply our way of justifying that lie to ourselves. Purity is a myth born in shame for fear we can't measure up to an ideal so much bigger than the loneliness of being a single solitary entity.


"Misery deserves company..."

Relief from the mundane ordinary of everyday life gives the emotional slavery a sense of freedom. Contemplating growth and development scares the fuck out of most of us. We much prefer excessive rationalization, where accepting our shortcomings is so much easier than overcoming them. The anxiety of being alive can overwhelm the absolute best of intentions. Figuring out why we are even here, and what we're supposed to do with the limited time that represents is the human condition. Finding peace between the realization you are someone and the finality of that creates this overwhelming desire to understand. Alignment of all those moments in between to some sense of purpose carves away at the struggle of our why. Words are the tools we have crafted to soothe this paradox of why. Through these symbols of our purpose, we share ourselves to the rest of humanity hoping we are not alone.


"Revered for their symbolism...British families once rented pineapples to express status."

Imagining ourselves outside of what we are surrounded by must give us something for our efforts. Fantasy transcends status in a way few other outlets offer. Even the noblest of hierarchy pursue their imaginations. As a younger man, I used to imagine myself as a famous athlete. It thrilled me to fantasize about being the best player on my favorite team. It wasn't about praise from others, but more about a result from putting forth my best efforts. Being a winner.