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Tribalism; Friend or foe?

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Some of the more serious issues facing humans today are global warming, pollution, diminishing pure water and arable land resources, the growing gap between rich and poor, and racial, religious and ethnic intolerance.

They are each symptoms of human failure to responsibly recognise that we are all co-tenants on this little blue orb, which is itself but a miniscule speck in a universe which will not give a damn if we choose to cause our own extinction.

Our survival will not be ensured until every individual person and nation recognises this bigger picture and acts responsibly and compassionately towards other people and the common environment which we share.

Why is there such a necessity to align ourselves so ferociously with either one or another idealogical side in many fields of human activity?
Perhaps we retain a biological survival technique from past eras when it was necessary to show loyalty to a specific tribe which would unite against all external threats to its existence.

Problem now folks is that the "tribe" which needs protection is that of humanity itself.  The threat to its existence is not from without, but indeed from the extraordinarily narrow-minded and selfish practices of humans themselves.
 
We are no longer the little tribes of USA or Australia, Asians, Caucasions, Africans, Christians, Moslems or Hindus, Democrats or Republicans. Its a global world. A global economy.
Our life is not a game of superiority or oneupmanship against another.  We're all in this together.  We are a single tribe of humanity.
Until this fact is accepted we will continue to witness the petty politicking going on in the world which fails to address the big picture.
Logical thought processes are abandoned as the political fervour rolls relentlessly onwards. God is invoked like a celebrity giving endorsement to Party or National superiority.

It saddens me ( and presumably God) to see little children parading publicly with raging hateful placards, or slogans on their tiny tee shirts.  It is their generation which will be required to unite the world, and instead they are being taught to perpetuate hate and division.
It is no great surprise that as adults many choose to have blind unthinking allegiance to a single political party, and a dangerous excess of pride about the country in which, only through genetic good fortune, they were born.  Our challenge, essential to survival, is to rise above all the spite, divisiveness, and notions of superiority.

The human tribe is in danger.

We can contribute on a personal level to its survival by the way we treat others on a daily basis.  Respect and help those less well off. But by the grace of circumstance we might well be walking in their shoes.
On a larger scale we must act, through the democratic processes available to us.
It has been my experience that political parties resemble individual human beings.  A complex mix of characteristics, the balance of which changes over time to reflect environment, society and the desire for popularity and acceptance.  I therefore find it an equally dubious proposition to align myself permanently to any one political party as I would to the mind of any other human being.

Each election requires me to conduct thoughtful analysis of the candidate's past behaviour, and likely future performance.  It is more important to me that my Government sees beyond the political expediency of putting extra cash in my pocket.  It needs to have a global perspective and a vision for the future of every child in my world.  And I do not want "my" children to grow up into a world which thinks it is both necessary and acceptable for everyone to own a gun.  And no, God will not bless or save any country, nor the demise of our species if our collective stupidity leads us down that path. 

If I decide to "waste" my vote on the Greens, or some other marginal political party, at least I have thoughtfully honored my democratic right as a citizen of the planet.
And, who knows, if a sufficient number of people choose to live their lives and vote with some sort of Universal awareness, we may one day have a Global Unity Party. 
Not in my lifetime, but I live in hope for tomorrow.

 

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