Rich Bledsoe makes the interesting distinction between the days of tribalism and our present day.
In the days of the tribes, you had three things:
- Everyone was a warrior. This was glorious. By losing your status as warrior, you become shameful.
- You had a proper name. You knew who you were. Names meant things.
- You had a tribal tattoo. You had a place and were part of your tribe’s story.
Then you have our present day:
- We have shame. We hang our heads. We have lost our glory.
- We don’t know who we are. This is why psychoanalysts are so popular: people want to know who they are.
- We have no story. It is very rare to be a part of your country’s story today.
And this is very odd in our time of individualism, which constantly reminds us that each of us is important in our singleness. But in throwing away our sense of community, we’ve lost what gave us our individuality.