What could be more normal than humans not getting on with one another? Look at a playground filled with even the youngest pupils, and tell me they all act like friends.
|If at first you don't agree ... It's not just humans that struggle to accept an argument. Photo by David Clode on Unsplash|
Humans seem to thrive on conflict. The bigger the difference between the ideals of one group and another, the more passionately they argue, the more the other side is detested.
In the stadium, the two sides of a team have the same number, are made up of people of a similar age, background and skills.Despising and mocking
And yet, the crowd finds a reason for conflict, for despising and mocking.
If football fans can have passionate feelings, what’s the surprise when people in politics argue? Arguments within the second most influential political party are filling the news, because – shock, horror! - some in the party seemingly don’t like a religious group of – presumably – otherwise like-minded people.
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Those of a religious persuasion don’t like not being liked, although division and argument could hardly be more human, and hardly more normal for a political party.
The people in the Labour party who seemingly don’t like the people who express their dislike for people in the religious group – as if religion has much to do with politics - are expressing their dislike.
And the people disliked are moaning aloud, presumably, at the people who don’t like them, all very reminiscent of playground scenes.Juvenile behaviour
What has this juvenile behaviour to do with politics? Surely there are enough bright people in the party to spot the divisions and to notice that it has nothing whatsoever to do with the party’s politics.
Usually, the hereafter is the concern and passion of religiously-minded folk, not so much the here and now.
Is it that the picked on crowd is huge and can take, as the expression goes, being put in their place.
Huge, large? Not at all, says the all-knowing internet in the guise of the Board of Deputies. ‘Jews represent 0.5 per cent of the UK population.’
They lie fifth in the UK after Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, it reveals.
In the playground, if an argument doesn’t die after rather a lot of venting, there’s a reason for it.
Could it be, Doubting Thomas that I must be, that the argument is being stoked up by the party’s enemies, determined to make a considerable mountain out of a minority molehill?
I must be wrong, surely, for who could possibly expect to gain advantage from this noisy adversity?
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