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... it's probably true that emotional considerations have always prevailed over rational ones in politics...
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In politics ( and every possible human activity ), even rational considerations are the progenies of emotional considerations generated by personal beliefs.
Signature: Che Baraka
Well, perhaps. But I suspect that in actuality there is no chicken, and there is no egg -- or rather, the chicken is the egg. In other words, many of the factors that shape human behaviour, especially at the societal level, have a reciprocal effect on each other that often makes identifying ultimate causalities impossible, or at best, highly debatable. It is partly our attempts to interpret, justify, and change these factors, and the way they relate to each other, that give rise to what we often call 'culture'. Which is of course an umbrella term that encompasses such things as politics, jurisprudence, social customs, the scientific method, economics, religion, ideology, spirituality, art in all its various forms, and a great deal else besides.
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