What we are witnessing across the world today is tribalism! Militant tribalism.

Reaching across a divide

Reaching across the divide. PICTURE: Toa Heftiba/Unsplash

Tribalism is a view that says "only our tribe matters". It doesn’t matter if we murder or maim people from other tribes, only our tribe matters.

Tribalism is actually the default position for humanity. It’s how we’ve lived for thousands of years – but usually in a sort of stalemate or peace because tribes had about the same power.

We have now seen the rise of militant tribalism. Tribes who don’t care about the cost, which are pushing everyone to join a tribe and fight, assuming that, because God is on their side, they can’t lose!

The worst thing you can do is become tribal too by joining or reaffirming your own tribe and not caring about others.

It’s what they want you to do.

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at atthetop.org.au.