In a narcissistic follow-the-leader society, people tend to define individuals in broader strokes and misconstrued stereotypes. This mass thought-clumping and its predilection for the positive/negative, is fully taken advantage of through the media, politics and religion. It is a tool used for control. It makes it genuinely easier to foist a limited view upon a susceptible population. It is the path of least resistance and it is a rewarding strategy for those interested only in power, profiteering and propaganda.
People of intelligence, with the ability for critical and cognitive thought, realize that no two people are alike. A person's personality and mindset can be and often are as unique as one's fingerprints.
To experience another person's feelings, must you walk a mile in their shoes? Is it necessary to share in their travels; be able to sense the direction; the emotions in their words? Given a situation, will two individuals endeavor to reach the same conclusion? Or will they debate the issue interminably? Can a person of lesser intelligence be able to grasp the necessary knowledge to comprehend and proceed with what is laid out in front of them?
Complex questions need not demand complicated answers. There is much more to being human than mere intelligence. Compassion, compromise and humility would greatly aid a society so enamored in technology; that is devoid of critical thinking and reciprocal communication. Education is the path to knowledge and experience gained from learning is the true power.
In the midst of debate, indisputable facts and rational intelligence will always conquer blind ignorance and unhinged animosity.