And even if 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 sense making...
✓...it is also the easiest way to get votes in politics
The Baltic Way
1+ million out of 8 million
But was it unity?
✓“Blue headlights talk. Of money. You can tell from far that money is
coming. Good and peaceful. I know that a rich person is driving
towards me. I know that he knows that I am rich, because my car
has blue xenon headlights as well. Rich respect each other.” (Kaur
Kender, “Check Out”, 2001).
✓“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,
Ideal “we” is impossible..
✓...since “we” always requires “them”...
✓... since without differences the world as we know it, would end ...
✓Who are “they”?
✓Are “they” among us?
✓Is this person what he or she claims or appears to be?
✓“Violence gives some form of certainty ...” (Arjun Appadurai)
✓In fact, minor differences can become the least acceptable ones
✓How dares this small minority come between us while we are
almost we now?