One of my favorite quotes in the world is, "There's nothing more dangerous than a fool with a cause."
If you consider just how many fools there are out there (ourselves probably included, being ever human) a lot of the silliness in the world makes a lot of sense. Part of the intellectual self-discipline I was talking about includes being very very careful about the causes you choose, and being very very careful about how you carry them out. It's scary how easily ego, tunnel vision, and narcissism can invisibly worm their way into the actions of driven people. "What we want" becomes "what I want", but it unfortunately retains the false label of selflessness in the person's mind. It's one of the creepier forms of self-deception, I think.
Incidentally, I was reading about ingroup/outgroup bias online (no one had attached a name to it for me before) and came across this page:
You'll like what it says about "Group Attribution Error", jimscott. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]