Have a small identity

[Y]ou can have a fruitful discussion about a topic only if it doesn’t engage the identities of any of the participants. What makes politics and religion such minefields is that they engage so many people’s identities… The most intriguing thing about this theory, if it’s right, is that it explains not merely which kinds of discussions to avoid, but how to have better ideas. If people can’t think clearly about anything that has become part of their identity, then all other things being equal, the best plan is to let as few things into your identity as possible.

Paul Graham

2 thoughts on “Have a small identity”

  1. “The more labels you have for yourself, the dumber they make you.”

    I lost a lot of friends in the 8th grade to the Alternative/Hip-Hop wars.

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