Three Insights

  • Polarisation is always a thought construct - We need categories and polarities in order to think. Yet, they will only work well as long as we attach value to them and make them important. Polarisation starts from 'in between the ears'.
  • Polarisation needs fuel - Polarities only exist if we feed them. The feeding or fuel consists of simple statements about the identity of the opposing poles, linked to a judgement.
  • Polarisation is a dynamic of Gut Feeling - Talking about identity of the other  – loaded with rhetoric and emotions – is only for a small part rational, for a large part irrational. Our inability to deal with it comes from this. There is no way to 'control' the dynamic.