It seems to me, there is a whole lot of clinging going on here. Specifically, "View clinging."
"And what is clinging/sustenance? These four are clingings: sensuality clinging, view clinging, precept & practice clinging, and doctrine of self clinging. This is called clinging.
If you are clinging, you are allowing the chain to continue. This keeps you tied to a world of suffering.
"From the six sense media as a requisite condition comes contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes craving. From craving as a requisite condition comes clinging/sustenance. From clinging/sustenance as a requisite condition comes becoming. From becoming as a requisite condition comes birth. From birth as a requisite condition, then aging & death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair come into play. Such is the origination of this entire mass of stress & suffering."
If you get a thought (contact) like, "This BuddhaKurt doesn't know what he is talking about," you get a feeling which is some form of anger. If left to continue, the feeling leads to craving (and desire). You get the desire to prove your point. That means thoughts like, "He doesn't know what he's talking about and I do. Let me set him straight." If left to continue, additional thoughts might enter such as, "What can I quote him or tell him to prove he's an idiot." So, before you know it, you have advanced to clinging. Clinging to your view. Clinging pulls you out of the current moment, into memories. And when this sort of thing is going on all the time, clinging leads to becoming which leads to stress and suffering.
If I get a thought like, "Ben really was mean," and an angry feeling is about to strike, I am able to cut it off right there. It doesn't progress to craving, to clinging, to becoming, to stress and suffering. I remain in the current moment, happy, content and stress-free.