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Some more :
"When our fantasies that we have found absolute answers are threatened by evidence, we may react by armoring ourselves against our own perception. We may deny the obvious. We may also react by attacking the messenger. Anyone who teaches something that might contradict what we believe must be a heretic, who must be silenced."
approachingaro.org/certainty

I see so much of this in politics, as in religion, that I wonder if they're really different things at all?

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