At first glance, a sense of “belonging” may appear to be a very positive thing, but the more strongly you feel the bond of belonging to your own group, the more hostile or even violent your feelings may become toward Outsiders.
A tribe is a larger group tied together by family bonds. Tradition provides the key guide to behavior for tribal peoples. Tribalism tries to keep individuals committed to the group, even when personal relations may fray. This keeps individuals from wandering off or joining other groups. It also leads to bullying when a tribal member is unwilling to conform to the politics of the collective. For a tribal society to exist its members must possess a strong feeling of tribal identity. A strong cultural or ethnic identity separates one member of a group from the members of another group.Lees verder →
I do believe that compassion and empathy are universal humanist qualities
Gilad Atzmon (born 9-6-1963) is an Israeli-born musician and writer. Atzmon’s work can’t be understood in general terms because it’s a polyhedron: musician, composer, producer and writer. He’s in a constant searching of his human roots through his music and his writings, and both of them took him to a quick tour in Spain. Gilad Atzmon visited Valencia to present his new book, The Wandering Who? A study of Jewish Identity Politics (Zero, 2011), and to take part in the Jimmy Glass International Jazz Festival. Atzmon has just recorded his next album, Songs of the Metropolis which will be launched in January, 2013. (Marta Ramon, All About Jazz 29-11-2012) Lees verder →
There is a very dangerous phenomenon that seems to be occurring in the United States of America; something that I refer to as “the dumbing-down of the American mind,” a nearly willful tendency for Americans to forgo reality in favor of believing what they want to believe. … In my opinion, there are five factors that can explain such a phenomenon.
…The human being isn’t wired to function as an individual. We’re wired tribally, to act as part of a group… We know what the clan is; how to fit into the band and the tribe. What we don’t know is how to be alone. We don’t know how to be free individuals. (Uit: “The War of Art”, van Steven Pressfield)
What exactly is the tribal mind-set?
It derives from that most ancient of social organizations, whose virtues are obedience, fidelity, warrior pride, respect for ancestors, hostility to outsiders and willingness to lay down one’s life for the cause/faith/group. Lees verder →
Political holism is based on the recognition that “we” are all members of a single whole. There’s no “they,” even though “we” are not all alike. Because “we” are all part of the whole, and therefore interdependent, we benefit from cooperating with each other. Political holism is a way of thinking about human cultures and nations as interdependent. Political holists search for solutions other than war to settle international disagreements. Their model of the world is one in which cooperation and negotiation, even with the enemy, even with the weak, promotes political stability more than warfare. In an overpopulated world with planet-wide environmental problems, the development of weapons of mass destruction has rendered war obsolete as an effective means to resolve disputes. Political dualists consider political holists unpatriotic for questioning the necessity to defeat “them.” In times of impending war, political dualists tend to measure patriotism by the intensity of one’s hostility to the country’s immediate enemy. Naturally, they would view as disloyalty any suggestion that the enemy is not evil, any call for cooperation with the enemy, any criticism of one’s own country. To political dualists, cooperation with the enemy means capitulation, relinquishment of the nation’s position of dominance.