Overcomming Tribalism

Posted by admin on February 27, 2018 in Articles

The tasks are urgent and difficult. Building a nation takes more than just a hand at times it may cost a foot and an arm. Everyone in the society has a role to play and we all need to come together as one to make it a reality. Ban Ki-moon once said that saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all. Today I’m afraid we are still faced with these challenges.
Realistically, we know we cannot end tribalism and racism and all the many –isms that surround us. However, this doesn’t mean that we should stop fighting for equality and the sanctity of human rights all over the world. Tribalism is a common practice in the outskirts of Africa and in other places where Western civilization has not reached its borders. The tribes that form practice and help each other. They search for food for the tribe and often travel together, settling in places where there is enough food and water. Tribes are known to wear clothes that are unified and have the same language and beliefs. Most tribes refuse to understand the civilized ways of modern men and still practice their old customs. When compared to racism, it in a way can be related as tribes do not believe that those who are not part of their tribe are not better than them. Racism is the belief that a certain race of people, usually of the same colour, tend to have specific attributes that make them superior to other races and thus undermining the other races that are not of their own race. In many instances you can see that both are almost similar but tribalism and racism do have their differences.
We can as a nation make it possible for all of us to co-exist regardless of our differences in culture, dressing, speech, religion, beliefs and mannerisms….