Deprived Of Your Tribe

In the modern time, where every consideration is based in the individual, people have trouble conceptualizing things of importance that are larger than the individual, despite such things being the one and only path toward significance, meaning and pleasure in life itself.

One of these things — we might call them “transcendentals,” or qualitative and not quantitative measurements of reality — is identity, or the knowledge of having a group, gang, cult, troupe, army, family or tribe to which one belongs. Identity is important; it conveys the notion of having a purpose and a direction, which are the rarest things among all humans.

And yet, people are deprived of their tribes by the false tribalism of ideology:

I’m a feminist, so shouldn’t the men I date and sleep with be feminists too?

…But men looking for feminist-sanctioned romance tend to fall in to one of two categories: those who use our attraction as a sign of approval and seek out trophy feminists to clear their conscience of any inherent patriarchal wrong-doing, and outright predators who employ a bare-bones knowledge of feminist discourse to target any young woman whose politics so much as graze the notion of sex-positivity.

Ideology replaces organic membership with a type of vote: you affirm the dogma, and then are accepted. Since the dogma consists of symbols without any feedback loop to check whether or not you understand them and to what degree, it becomes a comedy of swearing allegiance to the unknown and then manipulating the authority conferred for personal gain.

The dogma then becomes a means of manipulation. It is trivial to claim allegiance to the dogma, and then to use that membership in a group for personal gain. For this reason, the men drawn to feminism are those most likely to be rapists; the people drawn toward altruism are those most likely to steal from the rest. They are given a cover story by the symbol of goodness, which is license to steal.

In turn, this destroys the identity of groups. With equality, whatever makes a group unique is erased in service to the idea of making everyone equal. For example, look at the erasure of gay culture by equality:

In our lifetime, the gay community has made more progress on legal and social acceptance than any other demographic group in history. As recently as my own adolescence, gay marriage was a distant aspiration, something newspapers still put in scare quotes. Now, it’s been enshrined in law by the Supreme Court. Public support for gay marriage has climbed from 27 percent in 1996 to 61 percent in 2016. In pop culture, we’ve gone from “Cruising” to “Queer Eye” to “Moonlight.” Gay characters these days are so commonplace they’re even allowed to have flaws.

Still, even as we celebrate the scale and speed of this change, the rates of depression, loneliness and substance abuse in the gay community remain stuck in the same place they’ve been for decades. Gay people are now, depending on the study, between 2 and 10 times more likely than straight people to take their own lives. We’re twice as likely to have a major depressive episode. And just like the last epidemic we lived through, the trauma appears to be concentrated among men. In a survey of gay men who recently arrived in New York City, three-quarters suffered from anxiety or depression, abused drugs or alcohol or were having risky sex—or some combination of the three. Despite all the talk of our “chosen families,” gay men have fewer close friends than straight people or gay women. In a survey of care-providers at HIV clinics, one respondent told researchers: “It’s not a question of them not knowing how to save their lives. It’s a question of them knowing if their lives are worth saving.”

The brutal thing is: a tribe cannot be defined by opposition to others, only by what it hopes to achieve. Minority cultures are dependent on the majority culture, causing resentment and from that, resistance. Within that comes the seeds of their own doom: when given the autonomy they crave, their unifying mission is erased, and the culture disappears.

Dogma and anti-culture pervade the tribal landscape of the balkanized West. At some point, the easy gambit of opposing the majority becomes obsolete, and people must assert what they stand for, instead of what they stand against. The tragedy is at this point, few know what that is, and so their tribes will be assimilated into the democracy and shopping malls anti-culture of the herd.

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11 Responses to “Deprived Of Your Tribe”

  1. Kvädare says:

    So when are the United States of Amerika getting founded?

  2. Hamann and Joseph de Maistre were pretty much saying the same thing with the later emphasizing the Catholic church.
    Allen Bloom seems to have taken the question of Enlightenment Counter Enlightenment as not being settled.
    Isaiah Berlin and Walter Kaufman seem to have taken the exact middle approach. That is they saw the Enlightenment had some things right and some things wrong. That is they saw the Counter Enlightenment had some things right and some things wrong. So they saw the middle approach not as a compromise but as a solution.

  3. Hegel was I think the equivalent of Aquinas and Maimonides in looking for a balanced approach between Revelation and Reason (R&R). So in that sense he predated the thinkers that thought a middle path between Enlightenment and counter enlightenment was proper. And he definition had the larger “nation” in mind-but not any nation but one founded on principle of Justice and freedom. Not as Popper thought the Prussian state but rather in an explicit quote he was thinking of the USA. See Kaufmann on Hegel

    • It is not the case that the USA is solely John Locke or Enlightenment. It has had and still has a strong religious foundation base on the best of the Judaic-Christian civilization of Europe and the best of Athens and Rome. There is no need to disparage it.The election of Trump I thinks shows this very well.

      • Chris I says:

        That was once true, but now religion in America is dominated by atheists, social justice, mega churches and cucked Catholicism.

        • Then who elected Trump? There must be some deep seated religious faith going on under the surface that people are afraid to talk about.

          • Trump was elected — perhaps — because liberal democracy finally enacted a fast dysfunction instead of slow decay. Obama ruled like a caricature of a black president, and many of his acts had nearly immediate negative effects. Bill Clinton, who was more savvy and canny, implemented his policies slowly so that the metaphorical frog did not realize the water was getting warmer. He also refused to kill the goose that laid the golden egg. Obama wanted that goose dead and acted like it, so the goose/frog (we are now in mixed metaphor purgatory) reacted.

            • I believe Americans are deeply religious. This is why the Left got so much power -because the churches themselves were saying this message of universal tolerance. If the message had been more thought out, the result would have been more along traditional Judaic-Christian Values. But clearly you are right that when Middle Americans saw they were being attacked and exterminated they reacted.

  4. Svmmoned says:

    Homosexuals just aren’t living as they should an it is eating them from the inside. It affects them subconsciously that behind their their relationships, made-up meanings, supposedly happy and non-committement lives hide miserable hollowness. Everyone sane knows about inadequacy of those substitutes and only on that premise we can ever genuinely feel sorry for them. But now we have extremely permissive culture which obscures that knowledge and in fact promotes human downfall. And delivers homosexuals directly into misery.

  5. Missy says:

    The propositional nation,… surely no one can believe this is possible? Are these people kidding themselves? Haiti and Iceland have nothing to do with the inhabitants?

    Step onto our American magic dirt and we will transform you into a higher IQ European. We’ll dress you in European clothes and you will speak a European language…POOF!