Wisdom from Sam Harris

“Becoming a part of a movement doesn’t help anybody think clearly so I distrust identity politics of all kinds. I think we should talk about specific issues whether it’s trade or guns or immigration or foreign interventions or abortion or anything else and we should reason honestly about them and I’m not the first person to notice that it’s pretty strange that knowing a person’s position on any one of these issues generally allows you to predict his position on the others. This shouldn’t happen some of these issues are totally unrelated why should a person’s attitude toward guns be predictive of his views on climate change or immigration or abortion and yet it almost certainly is in our society That’s the sign that people are joining tribes and movements right it’s not the sign of clear thinking.”

Waking Up With Sam Harris #45 – Ask Me Anything 5