The narcissism of small differences: why neighbours - and colleagues - are often at war..

A very brief read here referring to a seriously pressing problem explaining why communities, neighbours individuals and movements are often "at war" over apparently trivial differences which get blown out of all proportion. This characteristic was memorably satirised and captured by a scene in Monty Python's "Life of Brian" where, in their efforts to drive out the alleged enemy, the Roman occupation, the "real enemy" of the People's Front of Judea was revealed to be the Judean People's Front.

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Brian addressses the masses, "You're all indivduals." One man shouts out, "I'm not."