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Come on, Can’t those restricted clubs find a better term than Tribe?

Note: A re-edit of a 2011 article “What is this notion of modern “Tribe”? Is nomadic life-style back in favor?”

It appears that old terms for social organization are considered exotic enough to be used in order to effectively disseminate new concepts; as if languages are too poor to create new words for an evolving civilization, or maybe it is a sarcastic metaphor to mean that our social organization and social behaviors did not improve after hundred of centuries.

One of these most commonly adopted words is “tribe” to describe a collection of people with same shared passions and interests, intellectually or professionally.

We know that there are syndicates, associations, organizations (profit and for non-profit), collectivity, cooperative, community, gang, cartel, commission, political parties, “circle of friends”, sects, cult, castes, clans, classes of people (privileged, poor, elite…), club, strata, close-knit group, regiment, brigade, division, army, squadron, brotherhood, sisterhood…

But why selecting “tribe” among all these social terminologies for gathering in organized units?

Is nomadic life-style back in favor?

Sort of back to nature and retaliations and vendetta customs?

Why chose a term that carries heavy bad connotation of violence and prehistoric traditions?  Such as raiding another tribe, massacring all male members and saving only the virgin girls so that to secure no retribution in kind will happen in forms of vendetta, decades later, or even centuries later!

Obviously, before ransaking all their chattels and domesticated animals for the survival of the famished and unfit mentally.

For example, what is common among Meg Ryan, Debbie Allen, Brian Ray, Hellen Pilcher, Don Lipski, Matt Groening, Ewa Laurance, and Black Ice?

Ken Robinson in his “Element” would like us to believe that they all found their own tribes:  Each one of them, finally, felt part in their new career domain “tribal members in the field” and hit it well with the “field” colleagues.

They discovered that the tribe members validated their passions, passions they share in the tribe, they talked shop, bounced ideas around, shared and compared techniques, indulging enthusiasms or hostilities for the same things.  They were finally convinced that what they were doing mattered and was worth doing.

Is that how tribe members behaved in prehistory?

Working with your tribe, you receive inspiration and provocations to raise the bar on achievements.

For example, William Choukeir borrowed the term “tribe” in his blog notesby.me to refer to “high-energy” gathering of people who join in demanding physical activities and converse on topic of  high quality intellectual level (no argumentations permitted for degrading the discussions).  This process within the tribe is targeted to recharge in energy.

Many professionals in math, sciences…poets, painters, athletes… might prefer to work alone.

Fact is, they are interacting frequently within their close-knit associations:  They publish and interchange ideas and comments:  They stand on the shoulders of previous giants in the profession.

Otherwise, no challenging problems are resolved.

Freeman Dyson says: “Up to a point, you welcome being interrupted because it is only by interchanging ideas with other people who you get anything of interest done.  When I write, I close the door; but when I’m doing science I leave the door open.”

Why using this cute term “tribe”?

Tribes were constituted of population over 150 members; consequently, tribes were split naturally to smaller units or clans for adequate communication among the members and remembering names and the family history of each member.

If the name “team” is too common or Unit is Not appropriate then, how about Tfield, meaning Terrific members (in a particular field of specialty), or Punit for pulsating unit, or RKteam for reversed karma team?

Comfort Zone: Nemesis to mankind’s peace of mind…

Comfort Zone is what people are ready to commit anything to retain it, a while longer…

People kill people

People hurt people, humiliate people, antagonize people… to hang on to their comfort zone, a while longer…

And people have experienced many times that comfort zone never lasts: Economic conditions change, you get fired, transferred, calamities hit your comfort zone, destroy your cozy home, disturb your daily habits...

Comfort zone is synonymous with refusing to change daily habits, seasonal habits…

People oppose nomadic life-style to settled people in comfortable zones. Wrong!

A nomad also has his comfort zones, and live according to a set of daily habits, eating certain food…

Imagine a nomadic tribe moving to the well-worn summer location and discovering this sign “Do not trespass“.

Maybe the State has decided that the summer location for the tribe is better used for target range shooting, digging oil wells, a power plant or establishing a new urban center…

Do you think that the first reaction of the nomad is “Oh well, I’ll move to the adjacent district… the grass is greener and it is more isolated for my women and kids…”

No!. The nomad will reclaim is entitled right that years of habits and customs made it unreasonable to change his summer location…

This particular summer location is his comfort zone that his pre-programmed brain expected

It is this pre-programmed brain on daily habits that physically ache and turn someone into an angry person, ready to “snatch” his right, any which way he can…

People oppose comfort zone with homelessness. Wrong!

Even a homeless person has his comfort zone, his daily habits, his corner in a street, his “clients”, the places he goes to piss, wash his face, restaurant he patronizes…

Do you think when the policeman chases a homeless out from his location, the reaction will be “Oh well. No sweat. I’ll just move to the adjacent street…”

This homeless, depending on how long has remained in this particular location, will commit a lot of mischief and demonstrate plenty of determination and stubbornness to retain and return to his “favorite” comfort zone.

In the mind of many, comfort zone is associated with a cozy home, contented family surrounding... That’s not necessarily the case.

Many people consider home a place to run away from: Their comfort zone is out of home.

Actually, many mid-age people find the shed the ideal location for peace of mind.

Many persons are constantly traveling: Their comfort zones are particular franchise hotels, restaurants, selected airlines

You have a person who got finally bored of his urban setting and feels that he has to make a change and move on. If he goes to the suburb, his brain initial reaction is to find similar facilities that the mental system was used to. The person will be driving around selecting the right supermarket, the covered swimming pool, the running track… all the facilities that matched his previous comfort zone.

The person might decide to move to a more natural setting, like in a forest, on the assumption of living like a natural savage. Do you think that he starts cutting his own fire wood, gathering what the land produces…? Most probably, the person will get behind the wheel and drive for miles in search of facilities his mental model ached to find what matched the previous comfort zone.

People will not return and settle in “nature” voluntarily.

If many people are forced to be transferred to an isolated land, you see shacks sprouting as shops in order to satisfy the habits of urban facilities.

Comfort zone precedes mankind urbanization.

Comfort zone is a mechanism that the brain seeks in order to facilitate the navigation of mankind in a new environment, to getting used to a new setting, and allowing the unconscious to decide after the daily habits are nailed down.

Disturbing comfort zone is the root of mankind aggressive behavior.

We don’t consciously seek a comfort zone: this tendency comes naturally, a pre-programmed behavior that the brain requires in order to function smoothly and automatically. Our system wants to rearrange a zone to match what it was used to evolve within.

Training and practice to shed this comfort zone behavior is not feasible.

As your senses get used to an environment and you move around without consciously noticing location and the crowd… that means you have already settled in a comfort zone. Basically, a couple of days is generally good enough to get in automatic motion around the new environment…

The best remedy is to begin enjoying doing the daily maintenance tasks in your home: sweeping, mopping, doing dishes, cooking...

As you move to a new location, get on the daily house chores since your system was trained to perform on a daily basis. This habit might fool the brain for a period, until it gets used to the new environment…

Colonial powers systematically disturbed the comfort zone of the indigenous people around the world.

In the name of their people, the colonial powers abused the indigenous people so that the elite classes amass more wealth and accumulate more power.

In the name of their people who didn’t ask for that kinds of higher standards of living… millions of indigenous people were humiliated and enslaved for centuries


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