The TRIBE HAS SPOKEN
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.