Whenever I read anything by someone on the far right, the first thing that strikes me is this: emotions seem to be at the center of everything. Facts? Secondary, if mentioned at all, and adjustable as necessary. History? Ignored. Other people? An inconvenience to be shoved aside.
So -- deep-seated emotions are the single source of truth of every argument.
The next thing that strikes me is how negative these emotions are: insecurity, fear, self-pity, anxiety, anger, jealousy, hatred. No much in the way of positive emotions like hope or empathy for others
Which makes me wonder: how much of the current political divide could actually be explained by widespread mental health issues -- a depression epidemic and anxiety epidemic?
Surely there must be studies about this?
I genuinely cannot imagine a happy, well-adjusted person with a positive vision for the future turning to the far right. Perhaps there are counter examples, though?
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