In Defence of Tribalism, Benefits of In-Group Preference

            The man is a social animal. We’ve evolved to live in tribes, in communities, to keep guard of our own and to help our fellow tribesmen progress in their lives. Today there is a lot of division and struggle in this world, struggle between the classes, between people and communities, and more often than not it is represented by the media, those endless perpetrators of untruths, that this is the problem of the modern age. That accepting differences is the norm and that the preference for our own group is a kind of ideological sickness which grips the mind through awkward socialization. Preferring to stick to your own tribe is portrayed as an act of aggression towards other tribes, internationalism and globalism is the name of the game, all which falls short of this media elevated norm is branded as unhealthy and a danger to society. What the modern world fails to realize is that a lot of conflict is natural, it stems from the limitation of resources and an abundance of wants by different groups of people. It is exactly through struggle, through conflict that things change, we evolved through constant infighting not through maintaining the status quo. Wars between nations brought us international law, class struggle brought us social equality, conflicts in scientific community brought us better results, and conflicts on the free market brought us better products. It’s through conflict and struggle that the world changes and evolves into the next stages of existence. The media is only interested in keeping your minds inline with the narrative, they do not expect you to understand or think about the messages that are pushed onto you, you are simply expected to accept them as axioms. The state of healthy skepticism in the modern world is deplorable.

            The truth is that the human nature is such that we have a strong in group preference when it comes to these things. We prefer to stick with the people who we perceive as close to us, this was of course evolutionary conditioned. When the tribe meets another tribes, trust is always earned, and hostilities are always assumed, unless of course the tribes know each other from before. This doesn’t mean that there can be no cooperation and peace between different groups, it just means that the groups who stick closer together and have a stronger in group preference are the groups which survive longer, reach higher levels of development and have a much more prosperous existence than those who are auto-chauvinistic towards their own group members.

            For as long as humans have existed tribes stuck to their own. Each tribe can build itself up and cooperate with another tribe, when the clear lines are drawn and borders are set between people is when cooperation and friendship is possible. But when everybody’s a brother to each other and no group sovereignty is appreciated, resentment and aggression blooms in the human heart. When everybody is brothers, nobody is. It is the trait of the post-modern perspective to label all things are relative, this relativity leads to things which are natural being declared as sick, and those which go against natural creeds as the “New Normal”, an Orwellian phrase if there ever was one. The world today is very materialistic, we believe that any other, older system than the current was either too flawed to work or misguided. We are to brainwashed into the status quo that even thinking in the wrong direction can get you labeled as unwanted in modern society. What is an Empire? How is it different from a globalist union of the modern world? The answer is that the empires of old had a certain metaphysical quality, they weren’t the mere means of gaining profit as the modern globalist systems are. They were a unifying, international force of abstract and higher meaning than those which exist today. How does a nation differ from a state? A nation is a physical and political manifestation of a spirit of a people with a shared history and tradition, a state is simply a unit of administration. How does a tribe differ from a community? A tribe is a group of like-minded people, who shared deep personal connections which are rooted deep in their collective past. They share similar goals and are a support network to each other, communities are simply groups of citizens living close to each other.

It seems that all the fruits of in group preference which yielded such magnificent results in human history have been watered down in the modern world. Reduced to their material, most vile, most vain forms.

Tribalism when taken to the extreme, of course brings with it hate, aggression and alienation. But when there is no tribalism among people, just tribalism, based on metaphysical rather than political standards, an arbitrary form of tribalism arises, one which can bring with it nothing but destruction and decay, without a natural way for people to distinguish their group from another, we try to form our own groups based on arbitrary atributes which mean nothing in the greater scheme of things, yet are enough to breed agressione and hostilities between otherwise good people. In lack of a positive tribalist mindset, based on natural and historical linking principles, rather than evolve into a world without bias and discrimination, people simply form new arbitrary attributes on which to discriminate.
We should respect each other’s differences, borders and traditions, but we should keep to our own. Thank you for reading, have a good day brothers!

Further reading:

Revolt Against the Modern World

Evolution of in-group favoritism

In Defense of Nationalism

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