Ideology is like a skeleton. It’s a useful organizing principle, and if it is unhealthy it can negatively affect the whole organism. And, like a skeleton, ideology on its own is insufficient. New research out of Cambridge University corroborates the fact that, when extreme ideologies (left or right) become the driving principle, those holding them become less flexible, resilient, and, frankly, more disconnected from reality.
A skeleton is not a substitute for a real person, and ideology is not a substitute for curiosity, doubt, flexibility, and tolerance for ambiguity – in other words, real thinking.
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