Why Do We Get So Angry Over Politics?

Why Do We Get So Angry Over Politics?


I am Mr. Beat Why won’t you listen to my political views? Why won’t you see things my way? I’ve got everything already figured out! And why won’t you just listen to m- Ok, I’ve calmed down a bit. But I just wish you would understand how my political beliefs are the best. Anyway, I’m sorry I got so worked up there. Hey, why DO people get so upset over politics? Doppelganger: Oh I know! Of course you do.

Doppelganger: Group identity and views on morality That’s great. That’s fine. I mean, you’re right. But let’s elaborate on this. Before we get into it, I should say that I was inspired to make this video by a book I recently read called The Red and the Blue by Steve Kornacki. Kornacki does an amazing job explaining how the United States has become so polarized politically just in my life time. And here’s a great way you can check out the book. By not reading it! Seriously, just listen to it, on Scribd. Scribd is place where you can listen to tons of audiobooks and, well, you can read them on there too. But yeah it’s a lot cheaper than actually buying them. It’s just $8.99 per month, which is also a lot cheaper than Audible. Scribd also has magazines, monthly live streams with celebrated authors, and a large library of sheet music for musicians. For a 30 day free trial, click the link in the description of this video. Thank you to Scribd for sponsoring this video. Ok, so let’s start with the fact that humans are tribal. This is evolutionary. Our ancient ancestors formed groups based on trust and cooperation. Humans are and always have been social animals, who are quick to see the benefit of forming groups and will go to great lengths to keep the group together. The longer we stay in groups, the more likely we are to have common goals and, more importantly, common morals. Here’s a little disclaimer- I probably should point out that I am also a human before we move forward with this video. So yeah, we humans are held together by these things called morals, or the beliefs and standards about how humans should behave. Morals hold us together but also makes us fear and hate other groups. And, we get pretty offended when individuals in our group want to leave and join another group. Humans have been around a couple hundred thousand years, and today we may think we are individuals, but we are still heavily dependent on groups. Some groups we have a much deeper sense of membership of. For example, we are usually pretty loyal to our families, or our religious group. However, we are usually not so deeply tied to our coworkers or classmates, for example. We have emotional connections to the groups we are loyal to. It really doesn’t matter what type of group it is. We can go all-in for any group, no matter how big or small, or no matter how nefarious it may be. Speaking of which, I’ve been meaning to start a cult. I’ll let you know when the Facebook page is finished. Once we are all-in, there is often no going back. The group becomes our identity, and our status in society becomes directly tied to the group. So why do we so often go all-in for political ideologies? Because politics is directly related to morals. Again, morals are the beliefs and standards about how humans should behave. Politics is about what the people in power do, and what they do directly affects the rest of society. Because we think our group is moral, then of course we passionately defend it and attack other groups. But here’s a great quote. “Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples – while judging ourselves by our best intentions.” That quote was by someone who made my Worst Presidents video. George W. Bush. But it’s true. We tend to think we are more virtuous than others. We get so upset over politics because when someone criticizes are political beliefs, just like when they attack our religious beliefs, we perceive it as an attack on our identity. Look, at least politics is an important thing to get upset about. I mean, we get upset about petty things, like sports teams. I’m a Chiefs fan, and I used to passionately hate Raiders fans when I was younger, just because I was, you know, a fan of a group of these guys who tackle each other and fight over a small piece of leather and I didn’t want those other group of guys wearing the black and silver to get that piece of leather. Ok, let’s be real here. I still hate the Raiders. But I digress. In general, the more passionate we are about political ideologies, the less we know about issues. It might mean that we know a lot about one side, but even that’s a stretch. In reality, the more context and knowledge we have about both sides of the issues that divide us, the less emotional in general we are about politics. So how should we solve this problem of getting so worked up about politics when meeting up with families over the holidays? By the way, families get so upset because if one family member has different political opinions, it’s like they left the tribe. Well you could always “don’t you ever, ever, ever, ever, ever talk politics with your family.” Or, if politics does come up, you could try to stop talking about political parties or politicians. You could just talk about ideas and policies. You know, the boring stuff. I know if I find myself getting really worked up about a political issue, that’s when I need to shut up and learn more about the other side. I find the more I learn, the less I know anyway. So yeah, so, in conclusion, I don’t have anything figured out. So what are your theories for why we get so upset talking about politics? I’ve linked some great articles and studies below. There’s actually a lot of research looking into it. I’m taking next week off, but after that will be the glorious return of my Compared series. Thank you so much for watching.

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40 thoughts on “Why Do We Get So Angry Over Politics?”

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  • Before I watch this video:
    As someone with a negative experience about this type of thing, I think it has a lot to do with something about one's identity. People tend to make politcal opinions based on their personal experiences and when that belief is challenged, it can get messy, because some people could take it as offending their beliefs and invalidating their experience rather than a simple disagreement.

  • A sponsored video with click-bait title that reaches no conclusion on the topic of political divide, asked by a history teacher – My summation of this video's content.

  • Politics is a small industry and there has to be influence amongst themselves, whether it happens consciously or not. In the end you become like the people you surround yourself with.

  • Because less than 1% of the population actually cares about politics and considers what's best for themselves. Everyone else is just religiously supporting anything that their side wants.

    "Morals" and "ethics" are just dogma.

  • When one political party believes in the purposeful genocide of humans., I simply can't listen to them. I have to draw a line somewhere in my morals, and that is where it is. Politics for me usually isn't dealing with the nitty gritty; it's the obvious moral issues. Do I support theft by redistribution of MY property? NO. Do I support murder? NO. Some things are just not negotiable.

  • Yes mr. Beat doesn't like me anymore because he through his Supreme Court briefs Channel csat we don't match up on a lot of political beliefs. You know he likes my enthusiasm for his channel and some of my comments are brilliant some of them are well I'm talk in my sleep however I've realized that Mr beat it is not against anything except for tariffs and the Electoral College. I'm against a lot of things

  • I also feel like a big part of it, although that might be my economics background, is the zero sum aspect of politics. Often, political decisions come at the expense of one group to the benefit of another (taxes, drug legalization, same sex marriage etc.). This is especially true since democratic decision are pretty clear cut – if 51% voted x and you wanted y, you're getting x. So obviously people fight about it because having the other group "win" can literally come at the expense of your own group.

    This is why I love trade (other than my econ nerdiness). It's a positive sum gain where both parties win – maybe we should debate on how to make politics positive sum, too.

  • I disagree with most of what you say but I appreciate and like this video and I appreciate your channel. It's nice to get some clear, unemotional information from my "other side"

  • I NEED the music you have playing it your vids. I know it says Tabby Cat in the description but I can't for the life of me find this band. Can you send a link?

  • I've gotten so sick of the broken two party system in the broken electoral college and most of all the military industrial complex socio-economic Elite base with 1% and are over dependence on technology that I have become very angry. And there's a lot of things I don't like. It seems like you don't talk to me anymore now that I've got my less popular views out there. I mean from what I get of you you like everything except for tariffs and the Electoral College. Maybe you're just that much of a chill dude but I'll leave it at that but it's actually upset me that you no longer respond to more intelligent posts because of some of my more controversial ones.

  • Besides the channel named unknown 5 which is like 10 million times better than yours I think yours is the best Channel on YouTube so you know it kind of upsets me. Oh well today's the day I officially turn old.

  • Anyone that is correct or right (not necessarily in the political sense), is the last person you should listen to. They are subjective, not objective. Not honest. Not willing to weigh the benefits against the costs. Humans are generally lazy. Uninterested in thought and logic. Existing is enough but they don't want to see themselves as less than others. There is nothing wrong with being uninformed or stupid. We aren't good at accepting reality. We want it to conform to us, not us to conform to it. We want simple solutions and definitions. Things aren't simple. It takes time and thought to understand and articulate ideas and concepts. We are lazy. I often use your comment. The more we know, the more we understand we don't know. Robert Jordan talks about how what looks like a slight tweak to political policy can hav large and misunderstood consequences. Even counter to the intended outcome.

  • Despite the group ideologies and identity politics that floods our culture, I still strive for individualism. Debate, constructive criticism, self reflection and respect are important to individualism, lest it devolves to collectivism.

  • As someone that has been right and left I now believe only radical political change can change a country in the long the run. The democratic systems in the west are designed to act as if there is a big difference between parties when actually they are almost identical.

  • Man these comments are filled with centrist bullshit "guys stop caring political opinions like don't even matter" and "muh civility" some people would rather be civil than be right

  • I just hate people who are ignorant from both parties. It does seem like the more politically extreme people get the more crazy things they believe in. And I hate people who just ignore scientific findings. But having crazy morals is fine as long as they don't harm anyone.

  • That George Bush quote is a loose variation of a quote that has been going back and forth since at least 1836 https://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/03/19/judge-others/

  • If we trace all the threads of human discontent and conflict, they all lead back to one source: economic anxiety.

  • I only get angry when the person I'm talking to is an asshole and completely ignores me and especially if they are a hypocrite and failing to criticize their own beliefs or know they're wrong but just trying to push for an agenda to get some support or votes( cough all politicians cough ). So I only get angry probably, say, 99% of time.

  • I don't share my political views with my family and about fifty percent of my friends. It's rather easy when you see morality as a subjective thing.

  • We solve our differences with compromise. That's the whole point of a republic/democracy. In a dictatorship or monarchy, there is no debate or discussion.

  • The human brain usually focuses on what is right through only the “best” opinions and through some “trustworthy” news channels, and since humans are very social creatures that follow morals and society with passion and internal feelings, many outcomes with rage can occur. For example, the Pilgrims and the Puritans religious disbeliefs, Society’s anger over Trump’s decisions, and generally when one disagrees with another on a certain topic that means a lot to them.

    George W. Bush really perfected this topic with his quote in the video because, let’s face it: people self-cherish themselves over anyone else, and don’t want anyone else to tell them otherwise, because that’s how feelings work. In case you don’t know what I mean(although you should.), Bush said this quote because humans like to admire themselves, and base the worst parts of other humans, especially their identities, in their opinions.

    Furthermore, people like to source out the best of things from anyone and anything just to state their opinions to their groups/family. Although a bit weird and tacky, it all adds up because let’s face it:

    We’re all human, no matter what. Even if we change our ways, disagree with what I say, leave our social groups, gradually drift away from everyone you know and love(I have), and straight up want to change just to be on my side and opinions or be a “standout” to your community, no matter what you say, think, OR DO,

    We’re still human. That’s all from me, and thanks for taking the time to read this statement/opinion. I could be wrong in some parts, but that doesn’t matter to me. Farewell.