My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal:
After a bitterly divisive election season, there’s one question on everyone’s mind:
“How can people possibly believe that?”
What “that” is depends on who’s doing the talking. It means one thing to Trump supporters, something else to Clinton supporters, and who knows what to third-party supporters.
We all have friends who believe things that seem crazy, but we don’t think our friends are crazy. So we’re completely baffled. Are the people who disagree with us ignorant? Stupid? Hyper-emotional? Or – this seems to be the favorite – are they just plain evil?
It’s usually none of those things. The true answer is simpler and more innocent.
People adopt beliefs based on several factors. If those factors are different, then the people tend to adopt different beliefs.
In 2016 America, those factors differ a lot – by region, economic class, ethnicity, social…