‘righteousness itself is divisive’. discuss notion. some ideas on it... there are many kinds of truth and many people think they have the only singular version that is true. it only takes the slightest difference in ideas and opinions/interpretations then we get another religion, denomination thereof or a cult. it would appear that the arrow of truth splits its target in two! we know that in science you cannot have an absolutely accurate observation, is truth the same? because an idea can always have more than one meaning, there can never be absolute meaning and hence those who think they know the truth cannot possible know it. the very idea is what divides people, the idea in peoples minds of being right makes then so and other not so. the main problem is that of the anti-philosophical approach; it is with self- righteous bigots who think that their truth makes them better than others for one reason or another. religion only exasperates this problem and the more true they thing there religion is the more duality occurs. this is an individual and societal problem where people demonize individuals and other groups that don’t fit into their idea of normal. people are pushed into corners and come out fighting or commit suicide... ...in short, we create the monsters we most fear! obviously there is too an amount of self righteousness within the individuals who commit crimes and that probably goes up exponentially according to the level of crime committed. i think we have to address both sides, to see where the masses who gather around ranting on about this person who done this or that, then note; nobody questions the righteous! we see it all the time on the news, ‘x’ did not fit in, ‘x’ was a loner, we always though ‘x’ was a bit weird, so why did ‘x’ do it ~ because evil isn’t created it is made! both we and the said individuals make it, there is no ‘switch’ by which some people go crazy, people don’t just go mad they are driven. hmm, obviously much of it comes down to one form of insanity or another, but are people born mad? perhaps on occasion but in the main any mental health problems people have can be dealt with, but if condemned and demonized these problems can only be exasperated.