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Comment: Tribalism (Score 5, Interesting) 177

by jpkunst (#49575327) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

Tribalism a.k.a. "us" versus "them" is one of the oldest and deepest-seated human instincts (chimpanzees are also very tribal, which suggests that the instinct goes back to the common ancestor of humans and chimps).

The overwhelming instinct is to choose a group to belong to and to want to see competing groups humiliated. Breaking out of this is very uncomfortable, as the effort will not be appreciated by your "tribe mates", who will consider you a traitor.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"