The main struggle our society faces is that of finding a balance between individual and whole.
If the whole is oppressive, the individual and its distinct abilities get destroyed.
If the individual is oppressive, the whole fragments into individuals who then combat each other, and it is destroyed.
One major problem is people playing individual politics with ideas. If a new idea comes about, it challenges them personally because they didn’t think of it, and so are “looking old, tired and less evolutionary fit” in contrast.
This is how we get politics of individual defensiveness, revenge and cognitive dissonance.
It’s also why most religions, including Buddhism and Christianity, stress non-judgmentalism when it comes to people. Stick to the ideas. Ignore the people. That allows them to switch ideas without feeling personally assaulted.