For most of human history, geography dictated who your community was. While you could gravitate towards like-minded people, necessity dictated that you had to learn to work and cooperate with people different to you to live.

Opposing views

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Today we electronically gather with people exactly like ourselves and block anyone different. It sounds like a recipe for happiness and harmony, but it's a recipe for horror.

As we descend into our tribes, we become more and more one-eyed and less capable of cooperation and compromise.

Sociologically, we know it’s a community’s united diversity that keeps them alive as we look at problems from multiple angles and various critiques rather than myopically.

To really live, especially as a community, you really must embrace your enemy. Who do you need to listen to, rather than cancel?

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at atthetop.org.au