So Divided. So What?: Why Division is a Good Thing


We are supposedly more divided, politically, culturally, even over stupid things like music and sports, than at any time in history. And as Americans, we are constantly bombarded from all sides with the message that this polarization is one of the pressing problems of our time.

Wouldn’t it be better, goes the conventional wisdom, if we could all join hands and want, think, believe, and act the same way towards the same goals?

Well, for starters that would be kind of beige. Second, it would probably admit “disappearing” everybody who disagreed with the prevailing norm.

And third, you have to ask: Whose goals? Whose “normal”? Whose “unity”?

I never understood the lamenting of this division as a concept. People disagree vehemently over what to eat for lunch, and you’re shocked that we can’t agree on the big things?

Yes, the things that we should do in order to have a wonderful society are relatively easy to figure out–be decent to everybody, don’t murder, don’t steal, and so on. But if 10,000-plus years of human history have taught us anything, it’s that human beings don’t play fair. We haven’t figured it out in all of this time. What makes the current purveyors of moderation think they have the answer this time?

Let’s just talk about politics because it’s on everybody’s mind just now, especially the United States. How could there not be division? Is division even bad?

I get into it with people who say they wish there was a “moderate party,” whatever that means, in the United States. Now what in the hell would a moderate party actually accomplish?

I get answers like, “Oh they would do what’s best, or what’s sensible.” But again: “Sensible” and “best” are subjective terms. Who’s defining them? I’m sure my idea of “sensible” is far different than that of a communist or a Scandinavian (but I repeat myself). I’m sure what I think is “best” is very different from what an Islamist thinks. Why the absolute living hell should I be forced to do what they think is right, and vice versa? Just for the sake of “playing nice”?

Why? Why should I be forced to agree with people who hate me? Why should you?

Division is a natural human thing. In fact, I’d say is a good thing. Without division, we’d still have slavery, Jim Crow, and probably still be subjects of the British Crown.

The best thing about America, at least historically, is our ability to live with each other despite these differences. We’re not perfect, we handle it better than anybody else. Maybe this is changing. And maybe this change is good because it will finally expose once and for all where we really stand. No more guessing.

Maybe will force us to try to live with each other in a better way then we are now. Quite what that looks like I’m not sure, but here’s a big reason why I am in favor of division.

Division disrupts the plans of the powers that be.


Call them globalists, elitists, statists, or whatever. The fact is, that these people, in both Big Business and Big Government, need us all to be a gray, amorphous mass, interchangeable widgets who will keep buying their stuff is pulling the lever, keeping them in power while keeping us distracted and dumb.

Every institution is set up to turn out functional retards who won’t ask too many questions and desire nothing more than the hottest, cheaply made consumer goods or electronic entertainment.

The only kind of fighting the powers-that-be like is the kind that furthers their own end. If they’re the ones promoting the division, they’re perfectly happy to see everything burn. But if the conflict isn’t leading towards the New World Order, or America 2.0, or whatever you want to call this outcome, it must be squashed, replaced by platitudinous calls to “get along” and “work together” and “be more moderate.”

The hell with that.

Be divisive. Be controversial. You don’t have to be a jerk, but you’re allowed to disagree with other people. Life is an arena, so jump in the battlefield of ideas.

If your ideas are really that good, why would you afraid of the battle?

Unfortunately, fighting nowadays increasingly enters into the realm of the physical. But you know what? Like most things in life, you’re never going to attain the perfect. If you’re prepared for this eventuality, you’ll keep striving for perfection knowing that, while you’ll never achieve the ideal state, you’ll arrive at something pretty great all the same.

We’ve been so secure, so fat and happy for so long, that we don’t even know how to deal with any type of hardship. Maybe this whole situation in the United States is a good thing.

Maybe, whatever happens, we’ll come out of it stronger.

It might be a bit hypocritical, you say, for a guy like me to be saying he likes the division. Of course I think the world would be a better place if we could agree on the big, fundamental things. But it would be naive of me to think we’ll ever reach that state. We can’t even agree on what it means to be an American. And even if we came to some consensus tomorrow, human beings have an astonishingly impressive capacity for devising new and exciting reasons to kill each other.

Embrace division. Find your group, your tribe, your gang, your crew, whatever you want to call it. As long as you’re not murdering people or controlling their lives, have at it.

And remember: The people calling for more moderates, the ones who want everybody just to go along to get along, pretty much just want to keep you docile and calm. They want to do the intellectual heavy lifting for you, and they’ll say it’s for your own good.

It’s all about control. Division inhibits control. And that’s a good thing.

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8 thoughts on “So Divided. So What?: Why Division is a Good Thing

    1. The Daytime Renegade says:

      We’re not all going to agree…and that’s fine! Why pretend? Why “go along to get along”? That’s how you end up in a situation where you are not happy with anything.

      It’d be nice if we could be *civil* about it, but that might be asking for too much.

      Thanks for the comment!


  1. everydayeconomix says:

    Reblogged this on Everyday Economix and commented:
    This is such an interesting blog post about quite a mainstream topic in the media – division in society. Division has been presented as something we should avoid, something that prevents teamwork, unity and peace. But the truth is, we shouldn’t be so caught up about it because we are born with an inherent tendency towards being comfortable in specific groups. We shouldn’t fight this natural urge.

    In addition, division inspires creativity and innovation as, without the existence of opposing views and beliefs, life would be so boring! Everyone would just do the same things all of the time so society would get nowhere – technology wouldn’t be advancing at the rate it is now and we’d probably still be living in the stone age!

    Anyway, if you’re still not convinced that division is good for society, I would recommend that you read this blog post by The Daytime Renegade. Also, make sure to follow him because I can personally vouch that his posts are really interesting and enjoyable to read!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The Daytime Renegade says:

      Wow thanks! I appreciate the kind words and the analysis of this post!

      I’m so glad your blog is on my radar now–more good stuff to check out!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. […] This is such an interesting blog post about quite a mainstream topic in the media – division in society. Division has been presented as something we should avoid, something that prevents teamwork, unity and peace. But the truth is, we shouldn’t be so caught up about it because we are born with an inherent tendency towards being comfortable in specific groups. We shouldn’t fight this natural urge. […]


  3. I thought your piece was very intellectually stimulating. Sometimes we as people can be so overly opinionated we forget that there are more important things in life then being right all the time. I agree that there is nothing wrong with disagreeing with people just as long as we do not allow those disagreements to get in the way of our friendships with others.

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    1. The Daytime Renegade says:

      Hey Steven thanks for stopping by, and for the kind words!

      Not allowing disagreements to get in the way of our friendships feels like a lost art nowadays, doesn’t it? Everyone is in constant fight-mode, and it seems impossible to know who will fly off the handle over what. Even friends and family.


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