It seems we are condition before we are born to choose a side which continues into adulthood. In the beginning, the sides are chosen by our parents. But, we are condition as early as pre-school, to pick a side or to be chosen, by being the favorite friend, best athletes, most-talented & any other “label” that could be used to differentiate “a subset within a certain set”. Yeah, that math stuff can apply to the real world, who knew.
As adults, we take sides when we choose a political party, pledge faith to any religion, choose a mate, undertake a certain profession. Yes, Mr. Republican, God-Fearing Christian, homosexual Accountant chose those sides to align his identity. Just like, Ms. Democratic, Jewish, stay-at-home, Mother made her choices in her life. Essentially, when you make a choice, you take a side. There is nothing wrong with the “idealism” of taking sides. The problem arises when a person becomes consumed in their sides & choices believing others are wrong or misguided.
As humans, we should choose humanity before anything else. It doesn’t matter, where you were born, your religion, your socio-economic status, any other category used to define. A human man & woman are very much the same in their skeleton form. Seriously, when you see a skeleton can you tell from sight any of society’s so-called labels. Really, fat or thin, black or white, these attributes cannot be determined without in-depth additional tests. So, shouldn’t our first loyalty be towards humans before we show allegiance to any other thing.