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Friday, June 13, 2008

Oh yeah?!

We humans seem to have a "tribal reflex" in our genetic makeup, the "we" vs "them," "I" vs "you," even an "I" vs "me." It seems to be just beneath the surface, awaiting the opportunity to verify self by discovering like-self others. Of course "discover" all to often becomes persuade or convince which can become entice or lure or seduce, all in order to gather more like-self others to the tribe. Why? Because like-self are safe, predictable, even trustworthy, all providing the tribe with strength in numbers, and above all, comfort. Not comfort as in sloth, but comfort as in like-minded collaboration -- synergism -- that which glues the tribe/team/group/family together.

2 comments:

Lucy said...

I've been away too long...

Dick said...

A neat post. A PS to it. We are so various that 'like-selves' are never perfectly matched and one positive consequence of the tribal 'like-for-like' coalescence is the necessity for the accommodation of the differences that emerge once the 'likes' have been established.