The endless arguments in the ongoing war between the Right and Left, not to mention between East and West and among any number of other bifurcations, ultimately resolve to the question of what their respective adherents believe about human nature. This implies that, broadly, all culture flows out of its founding myth, and may in fact be comprised of the mythology believed by the adherents. Since all mythology of necessity simplifies or falsifies complex reality to fit the framework, all culture in thus a way is rooted in a lie, a lie about itself and a complementary one about its opponents. Since foundational mythologies are hard indeed to shake off, the prospect of peaceful coexistence among cultures is no brighter in the future than is has been in the past.

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