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Tribalism ist not obligatorily a bad thing. And religion is not obligatorily a good thing.

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Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Jan 25, 2008 at 03:10

If a community is living by good standards, have human, just, reasonable and capable-of-evolving laws governing their relationships, their decision-taking processes and their morals, they can adapt to modernity while keeping their sense of being a tribal community.

They might even do better at that than a pure individualistic-based population. The best set-up here probably is made of what you might call "project-based tribes", that is, communities, or teams, forming and dissolving themselves according to common projects and sets of accepted rules and values.

But if people base their behaviors on bad and rigidified laws or dignified examples which very core is inspiring hatred against others and glorifying destruction and death, even the best of individualism, universalism and modernity will become as many threats in their hands.

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