posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 05:23 AM
Over many years I have pondered the difficulties humans have, seeing eye to eye. I pride myself on being a person of relative logic and try to resolve
personal issues by rooting out the cause of the problem rather than reacting as a result of the problem.
It is my belief that the root of our differences lies in our tribal instincts.
From the day we are born we are indoctrinated into a society without choice.
Be it religious, cultural, provincial or otherwise, which ever it maybe, it is the seed on which you will be judged by others, your entire life.
From sibling rivalry to border skirmishes, to all out war.
As a child my brother and I would on occasion fight over toys, or which area of the bedroom was mine or his and where to draw the line. If he or I
were pouring a drink from a bottle for us we would argue over the smallest difference in measurement.
Leaving the confines of our house we would enter a different realm, where we would have a common factor, we were brothers, members of the same family.
This would become apparent when encountering our friends. Within this group we would be protective of each other ensuring that neither of us would
fall foul when our differences to others were apparent. Already, we have the tribal instinct that will protect us from outside influences or dangers.
Our parents, influenced by the unfolding of their own lives are showing a strong impact on our overall view and perspective of others.
During the summer break, we would wonder the streets as a group (friends) looking for things to do and adventures to have. On occasion we would
encounter other groups from a different area of town. We were the outsiders and would often be chased out of their territory, the best form of defence
is running. We wouldn’t question the reasoning behind these confrontations as, subconsciously, we were well aware of why they were chasing us.
Whilst in school there would be groups defined by many a criteria, Black/Asian/White, Male/Female, Tall/Short, Rich/Poor, Jocks/Geeks etc……
School also tried to address the issue of differences by encouraging competition between groups by forming what were called houses, these houses would
be made up of several classes that would compete on an academic and sporting level. As there were several classes involved in any one house, we had
formed a larger group and created a new tribe, our common factor, our house, made up of an assortment of other groups.
When in school uniform you encounter a similar mentality with regard to other schools and this would be encouraged by the authorities in the guise of
inter school sports events, and exam results, this nurtures rivalry.
In a lot of cases, the more tribes you belong to the broader your perspective.
However, you may also take on the legacy prejudices that are associated with those tribes/groups. An example of which can be seen in factions of
religious orders, Protestant – Catholic, Sunni – Shiite etc…, it’s these legacy prejudices that are adopted by default, even though the individual has
no first hand experience of the conflict.
The almost infinite combinations of tribes an individual can belong to will inevitably cause conflict with the individuals other tribes, family, work,
I have not searched or investigated any of this on the interweb, as I want to discuss how I see the world and it’s continued problems, and am
searching for what I believe is the root cause.
Your input and opinions will be much welcomed.
[edit on 19-8-2004 by Koka]
[edit on 19-8-2004 by John bull 1]