Why Compartmentalization and Generalization is Necessary

While taking a history course titled War, Hunger, & Surveillance: The Global Cold War taught by Monica Kim at New York University several years ago, I was introduced to historian Michael H. Hunt’s observation of the functionality of ideologies and -isims:

“To move in a world of infinite complexity, individuals and societies need to reduce that world to finite terms. Only then can they pretend an understanding of their environment and have the confidence to talk about it and the courage to act on it.” (Ideology: Hunt)