The story of the memes that don’t like each other
Every war or political conflict follows a trivial basic pattern: The evil in the world must be fought. The evil is always the other, and because he is evil, he must be fought. He is evil because he wants to destroy us. The other wants to destroy us, because we think he is evil and therefore we could destroy him and harm him. From the dialectical point of view, there are always two parties that have the same structural opinion about the other one. Politically, this condition also arises from the tendency to always blame someone else for one’s own misery, in order not to have to bear the responsibility for it oneself. In order to communicate this plausibly, a clever argumentation or, in other words, a fixed ideology is needed.
Collective disputes arise at the borders of different convictions. This is not new, but so far no one has been able to prevent it in the long term. Today, it is the border between Islam and the Western world that produces conflicts. Europe experienced a certain basic conflict for a long time because of the division of Christianity into the Protestant and the Catholic side. Starting with the 30-year war to current conflicts in Northern Ireland. In every conflict there are two parties: communists and capitalists, capitalists and working class, Shiites and Sunnis, Serbs and Croats, football fans from one team and football fans from the other team, Greeks and Turks or Kolners and Dusseldorfers.