Proverbs on Ideology

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1. Ideology is like blinders that allow a horse to go in a single direction without distraction.

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2. It is more satisfying, logical, and effective to see life as a coherent whole. It is also reductive.

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3. Religion is more or less ideological depending on the degree of fundamentalism.

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4. A cult is an extreme instance of ideology.

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5. What makes ideology so attractive is that it simplifies life, allowing the current of feeling to flow unimpeded by eddies and counter-currents. Which is precisely what makes it so dangerous.

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6. People who adopt an ideology sometimes feel as though they have been reborn into a world in which their lives have purpose and meaning. Naturally, they then come to deny or ignore any part of truth that threatens that precious sense.

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7. A cult of personality is a common feature of ideology, which is often personified by a charismatic authority figure who takes advantage of the fact that his or her followers have abandoned skepticism.

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8. Far more evil is done by people who believe they are doing good than by people who believe they are doing evil.

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