Is it a good idea to go through life only seeking and accepting allies? Is that the best way to live a good life and to flourish?
Naturally, even I am not fool enough to suggest we never need allies, but I have started to wonder whether our age has not turned into an age of allies? Consider how people on the internet so routinely seek out information bubbles. That is, websites and news sources that almost never challenge their views, opinions, or thoughts on any topic.
Then again, who among us has not been dumped and frozen out by at least one of our 600 closest internet friends for one or another trivial reason?
Dumped, frozen out, and usually vilified.
“I swear by both the testicles and the ovaries of the gods, Sarah, you’re a liar for thinking chocolate ice cream is the best.”
“Think of they children, Ivor! Think of their tender, impressionable minds the next time you state which real life café is best!”
“Great Pillars of Fire, Huguetta! Could you ever possibly be more wrong about lipsticks.”
“Commas, Kat, commas! Lose those excessive commas or drop dead!”
Granted I’m exaggerating, but by how much? How much of an exaggeration is it these days to say people have become intolerant of differences?
Perhaps instead of always seeking allies to call “friends”, we should now and then seek out a few of those good folks who are willing to tolerate the differences between us and them.