‘Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.’ – John Wooden
We all want to be part of a community that loves us, validates us, and even agrees with us. We thrive among “like-minded” friends who share our view of the world, and thanks to today’s connectivity, finding our “tribe” has never been easier. Regardless of where you fall on the ideological spectrum, it’s incredibly easy to find a group that agrees with you wholeheartedly and will affirm your views.
It’s also incredibly easy to find a group that agrees with you wholeheartedly, will affirm your views, and will join you in mocking and disparaging anyone who disagrees with your shared perspectives.
No group is immune to this phenomenon. Let me say that again. No tribe, group, club, or community is immune to this phenomenon.