Date: 17:58:11 on Saturday, July 08, 2017
Name: Looneytoons
Subject: Re: Religion unites us...

Yes; tribalism is innate, and powerful, but the one of the reasons we work so hard to EDUCATE people is because education can show us how tribalism has become the limiting factor in human development and evolution. Learning is how we move past our tribal impulses.

This has become so important that we now face a host of interrelated environmental and social issues which can only be solved by looking at issues from a standpoint of mankind first, rather than from the viewpoint of parochial identity.

Global warming is the most obvious example, but there are many others.

At some point we are going to have to confront, for example, the fact that unemployment is a primary cause of a host of destabilizing problems throughout the world; people without jobs or a means of support turn to piracy, to poaching, to deforestation, to terrorism. Trump's approach to increasing American jobs by taking them away from other countries does nothing to solve the larger issue -- which is about flaws in how our economic systems distribute resources. Our economic system is leaving a greater and greater percentage of people overall without the means to survive. That problem can only get to be so bad before the system itself will collapse. That's the track we're on.

Tribalism will not solve the problem, but it can make the problem worse.

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