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People need to belong to something they feel is bigger than themselves. As we become more educated as a people, we will continue to see a reduction in religious beliefs. That vacuum is currently being filled by political beliefs my many, which is causing more division as people cling to their beliefs like a religion. It can also lead to an unhealthy need for a workplace identity. Religious beliefs are so fascinating, as even some very intelligent people will cling to clearly identifiable flawed logic to support their beliefs. We see it more and more in politics, where reaching across the aisle has become a taboo.True. However even for many of those people if they made better decisions, ate healthier, exercised more, paid less attention to negative things like politics, and slept better then most of those people would be happier as well. Most people dont exercise, eat like crap, dont get enough sleep, make bad financial decisions, and focus on every single negative thing in the world. Then blame their lack of happiness on something they have no control over. I get that there are exceptions though, just saying that most people have the ability to improve their lives and be happier and choose not to.
Remote working, social media, and most recently, social distancing have exacerbated the situation.
We need more clubs, adult sports and other activities to help people have more healthy opportunities to belong and feel they are a part of something more.
You even see it with sports fans, and the need to refer to one's preferred team as if the fan is a part of the team (WE need to do this or WE suck, etc.).
If your political beliefs are so strong that you KNOW your position is right and others are dead wrong, you may want to self-reflect and decide if you want political beliefs to define you.