And even after being asked many times, some people never went to stage. Suddenly there were “we”
and “they”. The audience was polarized.
... polarization is also a main mechanism of
making sense of the world…
...it is also the easiest way to get votes in
“If you came from the planet Mars, it would
have been harder to make distinctions between
the new guard and the old. But you could tell
that the new ones were happier, they wore
Baltman ties. The old ones were sad and angry,
they had monochrome ties from the Leningrad
trouser-factory number 3”.
(Daniel Vaarik, “Praktikaaruanne”, 2012).
I’ve been polarizing too
Absolute “we” is
… since “we” always requires “them”...
... since without different viewpoints the world
as we know it, would end.
Who are these strange “they”?
Are some of the “they” among us?
Is this person perhaps an agent of the “they”?
Violence can secure the
“Violence gives some form of certainty ...”
(Arjun Appadurai, Fear of Small Numbers)
Minor differences as
major anger points
In fact, minor differences can become the least
acceptable ones. How dare you come between
us while we are ALMOST “we” now?
Animals as “we”
are seen as part of
natural “we” in Estonian
Cormorans are seen as intruding
Jokes as symbolic
violence upon “them”
Government and “we”
Official “We” becomes destiny