This is an unfinished assesment of the concept of ideology, do not hesitate to provide your thoughts on what has been written so far,
It seems Ideologies can be reasonably considered as belief systems assembled on incomplete interpretations of reality. For example, the way in which we conceptualize the natural state of man can make us more predisposed to becoming possessed by certain political ideologies.
If we entertain the notion, like the philosopher Rousseau did, that man in his natural state is intrinsically good, then we have neglected to sufficiently apprehend reality. Why? Because man also has a terrifying capacity for evil, which is not only exhibited (as some believe) in reaction to the tyrannical aspect of society’s institutions, but all too frequently as a consequence of individual irresponsibility.
The potent and intellectually attractive element in ideology is found in its ability to impress upon those it possesses a sense of completeness in their interpretation of what exists. This, however, is simply an illusory feature. Ideology subtly conditions its victims to habitually disregard segments of reality that expose its inherent incompleteness.
Dylan Shetler is a freelancing self-taught writer and Christian apologist. He owns and operates his personal blog The Onlookers Publication: onlookers.news. You can follow him on Twitter @shetler_dylan