Tribal War Quotes

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Of course, in men’s sports no one ever talks about beauty, or grace, or the body. Men may profess their “love” of sports, but that love must always be cast and enacted in the symbology of war: elimination vs. advance, hierarchy of rank and standing, obsessive stats and technical analysis, tribal and/or nationalist fervor, uniforms, mass noise, banners, chest-thumping, face-painting, etc.
David Foster Wallace (On Tennis: Five Essays)
If religious war is ever to become unthinkable for us, in the way that slavery and cannibalism seem poised to, it will be a matter of having dispensed with the dogma of faith. If our tribalism is ever to give way to an extended moral identity, our religious beliefs can no longer be sheltered from the tides of genuine inquiry and genuine criticism. It is time we realized that to presume knowledge where one has only pious hope is a species of evil.
Sam Harris (The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason)
The young Moroccan-Dutch youth downloading English translations of Arabic texts from the Internet is also looking for a universal cause, severed from cultural and tribal specificities. The promised purity of modern Islamism, which is after all a revolutionary creed, has been disconnected from cultural tradition. That is why it appeals to those who feel displaced, in the suburbs of Paris no less than in Amsterdam. They are stuck between cultures they find equally alienating. The war between Ellian’s Enlightenment and Bouyeri’s jihad is not a straightforward clash between culture and universalism, but between two different visions of the universal, one radically secular, the other radically religious.
Ian Buruma (Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance)
National sovereignty is something that is encouraged by leaders and politicians and is easily accepted by the citizens because human beings are essentially tribal. But in reality, it does not actually exist, not in a legal or practical way. The main reason it is encouraged is because people need to accept that they will be required to die for their country during manipulated and staged wars and feel proud about that. The wars are required for depopulation purposes and for the financial gain of the leaders and instigators. And the leaders know very well that national sovereignty can be quickly and easily removed, considering it does not actually exist in the real world.
Jack Freestone