anonymous_animus at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 3 22:43:15 UTC 2005
>>Under these conditions, "moderates" are viewed
with particularly deep suspicion by everyone else,
because they don't seem to be willing or able to
commit to action when needed.<<
--It's because they don't position themselves squarely
within the group, and may therefore expose things the
group doesn't want exposed, such as the common rift
between rhetoric and behavior. Only those who are
bonded to the group will overlook cognitive dissonance
between what the group stands for and what it actually
does. In intense polar conflicts, both sides will
usually develop a significant amount of dissonance
between ideals and actions. Us/Them games typically
punish people who are too honest.
In any polar system, there will be guilt on both sides
because both will cut corners in order to win.
"Fence-sitters" are traitors by default, including
women or gays who penetrate all-male groups and don't
bond over shared mischief. They are always viewed with
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