What follows is a partial extract from Snp 4.11, which seems particularly relevant to today's politically charged climate...
From the added parentheses, it appears the translator is suggesting that "being too endeared", relates to objects and persons, which presumably also included ideologies and those persons who advocate for them - whether religious, or sectarian in origin."From what arise contentions and disputes, lamentations and sorrows, along with selfishness and conceit, and arrogance along with slander? From where do these various things arise? Come tell me this."
"From being too endeared (to objects and persons) arise contentions and disputes, lamentations and sorrows along with avarice, selfishness and conceit, arrogance and slander. Contentions and disputes are linked with selfishness, and slander is born of contention."
"What are the sources of becoming endeared in the world? What are the sources of whatever passions prevail in the world, of longings and fulfillments that are man's goal (in life)?"
"Desires are the source of becoming endeared (to objects and persons) in the world, also of whatever passions prevail. These are the sources of longings and fulfillments that are man's goal (in life)."
Returning to the sutta, for its conclusion...
Therefore, how do we relate to "objects and persons" in a way that "investigates that upon which they rely"?Knowing that these (theorists) rely on (mere opinions for their statements) a sage investigates that upon which they rely. Having understood and being free (from theories) he will not dispute with anyone. The wise do not enter into any existence."
How do we "underst[and] and be[...] free (from theories)", whilst not engaging with them inappropriately?