When ideology is your alpha and your omega, when you are willing not only to believe an ideology but believe in it, abiding any charismatic charlatan or intellectual hipster if it will be of service not necessarily to the world but to the worldview, sacrificing intellectual rigor and moral instinct if need be, you are developing the capacity to feel like you have more important things to care about than a little bit of evil visited upon the innocent. When you yield all deeper moral interrogation to the demands of pure ideology, you are setting yourself up to behave sooner or later as an intellectual cripple and a smaller human being.

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