Sunday, August 03, 2008

The tendency to distrust others'motivations leads to separation

It is always amazing how people can think the worst of others' intentions. So people can think that a Presidential candidate is not patriotic. Or that a certain ethnic or religious group can really be traitors. Or that a colleague is out the sabotage the company. A friend is out to undermine one. This creates and accentuates differences between people. There may be an evolutionary advantage to a caveman, but in a world where most activities are carried out in groups, we must learn to compensate for them.

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