I haven't posted in a long while it seems. I came across this quote attributed to Henry Kissinger that recently struck me, and I found insightful.
"The most fundamental problem of politics is not the control of wickedness but the limitation of righteousness."
There's so much said in a compact statement, and it succinctly notes that the certainty of moral superiority is a danger to society. Here's a link to further context from The Atlantic with historical context.
The quote is at the core of much of what I've been thinking about recently, how it's so difficult for humans to just let people live their life without trying to tell them how to live and control how they live.
By nature, I think we are programmed to be tribal. We have tightest bonds to our families, and secondarily tight bonds to our community. But we also have programming that causes us to naturally be suspicious, distrustful, and closed to those who are different from us. This tendency plays out as an "us" vs. "them" reality in so many areas in human life. We don't have to try to be this way, we come built this way. In our gut reactions, we're pre-wired to be this way, likely because it was more evolutionarily beneficial historically when we tended to live in much smaller groups prior to modern civilization.
...ah, anyway that's my thought for the day.
And to conclude, I'll link to my favorite quote from Abraham Lincoln that also comes to mind in this context:
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."