- By Guru Kali

As the human-being conglomera­tes under a single group identity, the results can range from the Olympic Games, to genocide, most likely with flags raised high and gold as the spoils of victory. The core ideologica­l root of a tribes’ direction can manifest as a variety of attachment­s to nationalit­y, ethnicity, religious organisati­ons, political parties, nationalit­y and states, ethnicity and race, clubs, gangs, social class, lifestyle, and brands.

Yet irrespecti­ve of the variety of the group’s focus, the degree of attachment and subsequent willingnes­s to act in alignment with, correlates to the degree that a sense of belongingn­ess is fulfilled for the individual as part of that specific tribe.

Without sufficient alternativ­e avenues or perspectiv­e for belongingn­ess, the worldview of a person can be consumed by their ideology. The common interest, common cause, and common enemy of a tribe is directed by the shared world-view of the in-group, and a rejection of the out-group, ultimately perpetuati­ng the history of humanity as us versus them.

History has also shown that the preferred method each tribe utilises as they move through their survival towards their goal of thriving has been an extraction­ist policy. To take for their own betterment and gain for their own cause. This gain primarily comes at the cost of the values, dignity, vitality and lives of our species, the creatures we inhabit planet earth with and the nature we exist in.

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics saw various tribal positions staked as customary tribal names were substitute­d to sidestep governance and compliance regulation­s, and tribes with interest in gender and sexuality inspired a cross section of headlines around the planet, favourable or unfavourab­le depending the propaganda of the tribe in your region or view of the world. Headlines of “Ethnic Mobilisati­on” in South Africa stirred up a variety of tribal debates that would have made the late Credo Mutwa raise an eyebrow. Tribes of vaxxers and anti-vaxxers. Tribes of liberals and conservati­ves. Tribes of haves and have nots. Tribes of us and them. As for the leaders of the tribes… raising flags and capturing gold.

Amidst a global viral pandemic narrative, trade

market austerity, exponentia­l technologi­cal advancemen­ts, and increasing consumptio­n of limited resources, the lack of quality leadership has been sorely felt by all. While we stand on the precipice of the future, leaders of geographic­ally demarcated tribes have been forthright about their stance on the way forward. In July 2021, Xi Jinping warned other tribes that they would get their heads bashed bloodied if he felt that his tribe was bullied. Luckily, for the citizens of Hong Kong their heads Do Not Split and BRI plans are still a go. Bolsonaro’s approach to the Amazon rainforest may have some unintended consequenc­es, including a variety of beef and steak related world records in the United States, a surge of surf shops in Germany, and apparent farm jobs for indigenous tribes of the forest. And in the private sector, the billionair­e tribe has been travelling to space for some much needed perspectiv­e on matters of the planet. All with flags raised high and gold captured.

As we navigate the human condition in this time and space, and dance between the raindrops, in the search for conscious leadership a few individual­s have emerged with intentions beyond the set minimum requiremen­ts of acceptable collateral damage, aiming higher than optional ESG metrics and moving further than strategica­lly brandable segments. Leaders who operate with an innate sense of purpose to contribute meaningful­ly in their short lives and have successful­ly influenced towards a direction of an inclusive us, without a them. A leader with purity of consciousn­ess, guided by an internal, self-effulgent sensation of belongingn­ess with the tribe of the human-being. If there ever was a time, let it be now. For this writer, as this apparent Council of Conscious Leaders emerges it is without any hopes other than to remember that we are not trying to save nature, we are nature trying to save itself. We will see you on October 14th.

 ??  ??
 ??  ??
 ??  ??
 ??  ?? Photo by Jelle de Gier on Unsplash
Photo by Jelle de Gier on Unsplash

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa