Partisanship is defined as:
To support a person, group, party, or cause, especially when seen as biased or emotional. Or an inclination for or against that inhibits impartial judgment.
This definition refects a cultural narrative that is based on the perception of ‘rightness’ or ‘wrongness’ of ideas and that emotional or intuitive experience is a ďistraction from discerning the ‘truth’.
At a more mundane level this exploration of partisansip in the U.S. ( https://scholars.org/brief/what-history-teaches-about-partisanship-and-polarization ) identifies the evolution of Liberal ideologies as a key factor leading to the ‘hyperpartisanship’ being experienced in U.S. politics today.
This example highlights the importance of ‘rightness’ or ‘wrongness’ as a motivation for social change.
It is paradoxical to note that it is ’emotional or intuitive’ experience that motivates any ideological response, and that is exacty why partisans of any ‘faction’ always claim the moral ‘high ground’.
If we explore the history of Partisanship it becomes clear that partisans have been the movers and shakers in history, because they catalyze change even if that only manifests as the forced entrenchment of an opposing partisan ideology.
The tendency toward partisanship is particularly strong on this age, as can be seen in the political realm where minor parties focused on micro-social ideologies are proliferating.
To better understand the phenomenon of partisanship it is necessary to observe it impartially, if such a perspective is possible.
At the human, psychological level, partisanship can be understood as an individual ego being’s longing to be part of a community. This longing appears to be increasingly difficult to satisfy in our modern world. The phenomenon of ‘egoism’ is as difficult to explore as partisanship because they are so closely linked.
Our understanding of our ‘sense of self’, or Ego has also been polarized by partisan narratives based on it’s ‘rightness’ or ‘wrongness’, so it is difficult to find a ‘level playing field’ where a more detailed understading can be shared.
Such is the challenge of ‘individuation’ in our age.
Online communities like this one are examples of the partisanship phenomenon. While we find personal solace and encouragement in being part of a shared reality, it nevertheless, is another aspect of partisanship that reflects a divided society.
Advocates of all the ‘isms’ that ever were, or could be (capitalism, communism, socialism, totalitarianism, despotism, nihilism, corporatism, etc, etc,) have always believed that everything would be fine if only everyone ‘believed ‘what they believe.
Here we find an opportunity to dive below the surface of our ‘flow of thought’ and consider the influences of our ‘Beliefs’.
At this point the debate between ‘believers’ and ‘ knowers’ usually starts up and I suggest that ‘knowing’ is the conesquence of conscious inaccessability of the core beliefs that provide the foundation for that knowing Truth.
What we believe to be true influences every aspect of our lives, from how we interpret events to what we perceive in the first place. Belief shapes our expectations. Belief forms, shapes and changes how we understand our memories. Belief forms the perspective that we filter every experience through. Therefore, belief is the very reality that we experience.
“Science teaches that we must see in order to believe, but we also must
believe in order to see.”
– Dr. Bernie Siegel
I am interested in why we humans need to believe so desperately in what we do. There are so many diverse and ardent beliefs about ‘reality’ that it strikes me as bizzare that any one can believe they have a “good bead on things”, to use the venacular made popular when K is recruiting J into the Men in Black, after J’s first encounter with an ET.
On the other hand I acknowledge how structurally important Beliefs are in navigating life in our world.
To understand partisanship we must explore deeper aspects of the human psyche. Such philosophical explorations are a personal journey in this age, just as all philosophy are.
If we go deep enough we come to a non- physical ‘world’ of our ‘Human Needs’.
This is the world that Rumi described when he said “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing. and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass. the world is too full to talk about.
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