When the Big Bang is seen as a "beginning" of everything, what came before the big bang is seen as an absolute by a large vocal majority; divinity or nothing to name a couple of "tribes views".
Why? Chances are, the non vocal sit in my camp where infinity has no absolute starts and stops. The expansion of the Big Bang was the result of a compression that occurred on the other end of the wormhole of a black hole somewhere else. There was something that came before. We're just a spec in timeless infinity. The moment we call "now" will be repeated endlessly, and has happened forever, whether we experience it or not: World without end. Do our egos need to contain time? I'm sure you have other things to worry about. We're all scientists of a sort because we test results, make choices for some things and reject others. If we hit our heads against a problem and it doesn't work, we try something else. We don't justify failure, except to hide the truth then hope for the best as incremental lies pile up as in the case of GM lately.
The absolute stance has become an ax to grind for vocal talking heads. Grinding axes and complaining about the motives of the other guy, whoever, as a focus of derision is what has splintered our society. We do need to continue to create our lives with those we love so our future will align with our goals in a civil big picture. The fragility of this balancing act we call society and the blindness that has at least half of our society blithely dancing towards oblivion without foresight of the consequences is beyond reckless.
Enthusiasts or sometimes, fanatics can get so serious about perceived injustices that they make unrecoverable errors in judgement that result in messes like the recent Bundy Nevada lands rights issues. There are millions of educated people who may have good intentions, though lacking in specific education of issues pertaining to rural areas. Sometimes a true picture of rural issues becomes diminished in value by educated bureaucrats who develop warped self importance without regard for the voices of a populace lacking in a clear, cohesive plan, but comfortably living their self chosen lives. Small incremental, seemingly innocuous decisions have a cumulative effect,and seem to have been made in a vacuum oblivious to the facts on the ground in many rural areas, made by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by relative extremists educated at some of the best universities, which some call indoctrination in the last 2 decades, as they succumb to extreme views that can lead to actions that degrade the lives of the free thinking. Brought into focus recently is the "educated" approach to The Fish and Game agency as regards the "proper" use of Federal lands. The American population, when motivated to take a stand come across as a hodge podge of voices, which can be expected since the cry to arms won't be specific to the multitude of injustices wrought on various individuals by the monolithic bureaucracy. But the Bundy issue has woken the sleeping giant of the moral majority in nature not name.
Many of us have our own scientific theories about the products of those universities, but the least intelligent among college grads who see knowledge as a weapon rather than as a solvent of problems are quick to let outsiders know they are never-the-less superior since they are after all educated, and therefore immune from logic that does not appeal to them. The "groupthink' protects their ranks. The blindness and disdain of debate is creating a generation of potential facists blithely projecting their "dis-ease" on what they feel are nonbelievers and cavalierly referred to as "racists", a most inflammatory moniker, certainly flaming the fire and disinterested in solving anything!
Motivations are at the core. We may be lulled into agreement if we encounter someone of greater influence who believes as we do. They can be the spokesperson for our views, so we can get on about our own busy lives. That's the lazy way. Let yourself be content with the intent; very dangerous indeed. Hitler and mussolini were known to be very charismatic in their early influence and no one could have predicted where their choices would lead! No one would predict any comparisons of that awful chapter of history to any current leader but awareness of potential consequences of incremental change is vital. We take our stability for granted and are regularly lulled into complacency.
Government employees in this administration lack accountability. As Gutfeld, a political satirist, said, "If there had been endangered turtles in Benghazi would that have ilicited a quicker response?" Hillary has a narrative but little else and has been given a pass.