Friend, enemy. Faithful, corrupt. Good, evil. Tribalism is compelling melodrama. But it's groupthink misdirect of public scrutiny, to conceal amoral profit-first exploitation by entrenched power dynamics (gov't, corporations, institutions). Democracy itself is subordinated to this corrupt pantomime.
Postmodern thinking is ubiquitous nowadays. Democratized individual creativity has subordinated talent and originality to the dictates of consumer populism. High-cultural heritage is degraded. But postmodern identity groupthink is a blueprint for a lumpen world and an irrelevant moribund West. Stop!
COGNITIVE DISSONANCE is when brains hold a belief despite contradictory evidence. DISSONANCE is stressful, it's opposite is non-stress COGNITIVE CONSONANCE, natural brain state. DISSONANCE is enabled by a subtle psychology: COGNITIVE ASSONANCE. It's root cause of today's pushback on truth and facts.