The problem with humanity is that each of us frames life at least a little differently that the other, and of course it is not all that uncommon that some folks frame life extremely differently than others.

Depending on individual personality and ability, one’s primitive ego causes one to frame life in ways that it feels best suits one’s survival and advantage needs. This accounts for the fact that two people can look at the exact same facts and come to diametrically opposed conclusions of what the facts mean.

Or, is often the case, people cherry pick facts to fit their preferred framing of life. Moreover, because of the way that one frames life is rooted in one’s ego survival instincts, colliding framings of life can generate intense fear and animosity — say, as that between those who prefer the Fox News view of information and those who prefer the news interpretation of MSNBC.

Another extreme example of human framing of life is the way different way folks look upon President Trump. A fair majority look upon the Donald as almost the Devil himself, and currently the greatest thread to American democracy and world security.

On the other hand many folks totally discount the vast majority of the world’s eminent psychiatrists who have concluded that Trump suffers from a dangerous personality disorder, or disdain the dozens of thoroughly researched books written about Trump’s dismal ethical standards and unscrupulous business practices, or easily brush aside claims of Trump’s Russian collusion as a hoax, seeing such opinions as nothing more than the ravings of elitists Trump haters.

And so it goes, conflicting ego survival needs generating endless human conflict. And that, my friends, is the unresolvable problem with humanity.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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