There’s never a shortage of criticism on the mindstate of the western world and its emphasis on the individual, not all of which is unreasonable. Although the older I get, the more frightened I become with the tyranny of the group mind(s).

“Though they seem at opposite poles, fanatics of all kinds are actually crowded together at one end. It is the fanatic and the moderate who are poles apart and never meet. The fanatics of various hues eye each other with suspicion and are ready to fly at each other’s throats. But they are neighbors and almost of one family.” “The beginning of thought is in disagreement – not only with others but also with ourselves.”

– Eric Hoffer