People who refuse to understand the poetic, the emotional, the metaphorical, can be controlled by these very things.
People who refuse to understand logic, reason, physical reality, can be controlled by these very things.
The things you choose not to learn are the things by which you will be controlled.
I don't want to be only left or right, to choose with hard lines between the analytic and holistic. Why would I want to have half a functioning mind?
People who paint themselves the right refuse to understand logic. They are still reacting to losing the universities in the culture wars of the 60's.
People who paint themselves the left refuse to believe anything is beyond their understanding. They no longer can understand that our minds primarily function on symbols and stories, not analytic thought.
I don't want to paint myself. I want to find a mirror and look. I want to see where I am flawed, where I lack. I want to see where I am healthy, where I do good. I want to let go of arrogant narcissism and willful ignorance. I have no interest in joining any team which asks that I kill anything except for that within my own heart which I know to be false.
It is possible that the world is pathological. Perhaps it is inevitable. Maybe the extent to which is changeable. But that doesn't mean I have to follow. Cain slew Abel, Victor Frankl wrote the best of his people never escaped the camps, some heroes never come home. Maybe this kind thinking has the same fate.
But what else is there?