I’m thinking specifically of the political debate. There’s a lot of pulling apart and tribal fighting going on, as if a part of the social order is one’s “mortal enemy”.
But we got to where we are because of the discussion and interplay between liberals and conservatives. The liberals come to the fore when there are changes afoot that convention cannot deal with. And the conservatives come to the fore when things are getting too chaotic and convention is the stabilizing factor.
And it’s like the playing field we are on is tilting back and forth. So sometimes “the other side” . . . even if they are annoying and not nearly as intelligent as you . . . are right and you are wrong.
It’s too bad the zeal tribal warfare is too often shutting down the dialogue and manifesting in profound disrespect for “the other tribe” — without which our society would tilt past critical and slip off the pin.