Fight the temptation to create artifical divisions - Deepstash

Bite‑sized knowledge

to upgrade

your career

Ideas from books, articles & podcasts.

Fight the temptation to create artifical divisions

  • Embrace our inner wall-builder. The more we know about our own impulses to find enemies, the sooner we’ll recognize it when people are trying to manipulate us for their selfish ends.
  • Give your wall-builder a place to play. You can channel the urge to find heroes and enemies into healthy competition.
  • Choose your real-life villains wisely. We can target bad actors and real social problems, instead of indulging in the dangerous temptation to paint whole groups of people with the same tarring brush.
  • Find ways to know the people who seem alien.

STASHED IN:

98

MORE IDEAS FROM THE SAME ARTICLE

  • We evolved this way. For thousands of years, our ability to band together against a common enemy (weather, wild beasts, other tribes) was life-saving.
  • Knowing who we are makes us feel secure. With countless labels, we build up this creation we call our sel...

We make artificial divisions everywhere.

Being human means there’s a wall-builder in each of us. Our minds naturally divide the world into me and not-me, us and them. 

  • Once we slap a label on others, we don’t bother to look more closely, and our fears grow.
  • We are actually less safe. Labeling entire groups of people as good guys or bad guys is dangerous, because we end up accidentally putting white hats on bad guys and black hats on g...

Discover and save more ideas by creating a

FREE

Deepstash account.

Develop a

reading habit

, save

time

and create an amazing

knowledge library

.

GET THE APP:

MORE LIKE THIS

Eating Distract from Emotions

We often associate eating with relief or even excitement, and it’s only natural that we’d reach for those same feelings when we’re worried or sad.

Events don’t have a meaning; we give them a meaning. The meaning of eating is, ‘I’m go...

STASHED IN:

122

Thinking Outside The Box

When people say “think outside the box”, the box is a frame, the traditional way of thinking about a problem. Going beyond this frame can lead to radically new or interesting ideas.

178

STASHED IN:

166

The Planning Fallacy

We all have busy schedules, but we are incorrectly planning our day around the time we have, not around priorities.

Our estimates on how long certain tasks will take are almost always not realistic.

14

STASHED IN:

1.76K