by Lawrence J. Fedewa (June 23,2018)
The most striking feature of American politics today may well be the completely different perceptions held by various groups of what “facts” each considers to be truth. It’s like they are living in different worlds. While there are some cynical “realists” who knowingly fashion “fake news”, many partisans sincerely believe their views to be correct. So much so that they feel moral indignation and outrage at the other side.
At the root of these reactions is fear. All are afraid, in varying degrees, that their way of life is threatened by the other actors on the political stage. It is fear which drives people to irrational conclusions and closes their ears and minds to dialog with those who disagree with them. When logic is thrown out the window, all that remains is instinct. Imagination can be formed by logic, but fear obscures all but the most dangerous fantasies.