Shared Belief

“The problem which disintegration places in the lap of practical men, those in charge of states, of institutions, of businesses, is how to persuade to communal activity people who no longer have the same ideas about the most fundamental things. In an age of shared belief, this problem did not exist, for there is a wide area of basic agreement, and dissent is viewed not as a claim to egoistic distinction but as a sort of excommunication.”

~ p. 92
Ideas Have Consequences

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