Tribalism

"There was no one, over the past two years, better positioned to combat those things than you, dude, and you were too cowardly and craven to do it."
John C. Wathey is an author and computational biologist whose research interests include protein folding, evolutionary algorithms
The difficulty is that tribal thinking carries with it a package of benefits: you get to belong, to agree with others, to
There is nothing more "common" than the spirit that claims that our tribe is unique, that our little group is special, especially blessed by God, exceptional, Number One. There is nothing more "common," more vulgar, more primitive, few things more dangerous, and nothing less true.
As messy as tribalism may be, the tribes can also passionate, enthusiastic, creative and compelling. They produce leaders who are willing to take risks, to challenge what has gone before, to inspire others to do the same.
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In response, the part of our collective psyche that is governed by tribal conditioning is contracting defensively, hardening
Productive discourse is dying, trampled over by closed minds who value comfortable opinion-holding over uncomfortable soul-searching. As dialogue lies flailing and gasping, outrage culture's pulse is stronger than ever.
President Obama's trip to Kenya revealed many things that further underscore the Rorschach Test-like impact the man engenders. The trip also revealed the cognitive dissonance that Kenyans have with corruption, tolerance and their relationship with America.
We only have to study democratic versus dictatorial governments to learn that we thrive in environments of tolerance and
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As evidenced by this partial listing of misconceptions Kenyans have of one another, the country is a diverse and rich collection of people who know they are as different as foreigners think they are homogenous!
Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.
You need to do much better than knee-jerk decision making based on those sitting next to you. The two party system has been palatable and constructive only when its members retained the power of individual human thought. Where did this go wrong, and are you responsible?
Now that the country has collectively pieced together more of what happened under the Bush administration in the past few weeks, it is imperative that we work on addressing a much-neglected form of bias that is responsible for many political and social ills: tribalism.