Submarines and large ships are built to exploit compartmentalization. If one section springs a leak, and all goes well, that section is totally isolated from the other compartments in order to protect the whole vessel from flooding and sinking.
Humans have a similar mental structure. Thus, an otherwise apparently sane person can believe or practice startling bizarre things. We see this in religion, politics and all other activities of the mind. But fortunately your You-Boat (get it?) does not sink even though a part of you is flooded with bizarreness.
To me, this is not surprising because of my understanding of how the mind is actually composed of many-selfs (see here). Compartmentalization is a fantastic protective mechanism. In US politics, for instance, Federalism can serve a similar function — but I resist the temptation to wax political.
We all compartmentalize — all of us. It is one of the ways our minds work. I see compartmentalizing all around me. In medicine, I get to know people very intimately. I am amazed daily how deeply neurotic and dysfunctional some of our compartments can be and yet most of us can still hold jobs, drive cars and have relationships.
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