It's been a while since my last tribalism thread. Hopefully the replies (if any) will be as interesting as the last post. After 9-11 I hoped humans would finally realize that the greatest threat to their species and their planet is tribalism. Obviously I was overly optimistic -- but the worst part is even most intellectuals refuse to discuss tribalism as if the subject is a taboo. Why? Sure feelings of group pride and group loyalty create cultures and communities but these feelings also create "freedom fries", "ethnic cleansing", suicide bombers and concentration camps -- in fact these feelings reach their peak when they are expressed against another tribe. The first step to controlling tribalism is to discuss and think about it. Eventually the UN should become a world government and outlaw tribalism. But that won't work until we do this: be proud of your cultural identities but realize that your identity as a citizen of Earth supersedes city, state, nation, religion, etc (save them for football matches)...it's really not that hard...if every human can do this we won't need to worry about terrorism "national security" "sovereignity" "road maps to peace"...otherwise I'll need to continue with my War of the Worlds plan.