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Jan 23, 2019 14:09:05

Patriotism - Part 2

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My post about patriotism sparked a debate with friends.

My question was - 

"Is patriotism an extension of what you feel towards family or a feeling of superiority that we associate with wherever we are from?"

Allow me to share one response -

It is rooted in evolution. We feel closer to people with higher proximity to ourselves. We tend to protect people who we expect will likely reciprocate the gesture. 

Our attraction to our own tribe is biologically programmed. It increases our odds of staying alive. Yes. the Bee Gees were singing a patriotic song

That's why most cultures are based upon creating a tribe. Religion is one; probably the most powerful kind. Sports teams, Universities, Sororities are all tribes... Social media has recreated a similar online tribe... 200wordsaday.com has also gathered  those of us with the same yearning to be better writers.

I feel like I understand and feel connected to a few writers already 
@lucjah  @seunoyebode @brandonwilson  @MichaelDriver @abrahamKim  @gabrielgreco     

And many more. I haven't figured how to go to my old notifications. 

I like this new way of looking at patriotism.  

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    @keni I like this interpretation very much. Another hiccup in the evolutionary root of patriotism, though: anthropologists/evolutionary psychologists generally agree that we evolved to form social groups of around 150 people, maximum. I think this is where our concept of patriotism becomes so confusing; we quite naturally try to adapt our allegiances to externally defined social groups, even when they're significantly larger than those that we could realistically bond to.

    esjael avatar esjael | Jan 24, 2019 07:10:33
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      @esjael - Yes, these posts helped me clarify my thoughts as well... some words can easily be misused and I want to believe there is some good intention and history behind them.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 24, 2019 10:41:04
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    Yeah evolutionarily we only evolved to protect that which is important to us, which includes people. And this tribe-creation mentality is so important and so many people get it so wrong because they don't actually belong to a real tribe. They belong to a fake one -- too large, no real connection, etc. An example is a university. It's not a real tribe. I'm not saying you can't find your tribe within a university but the university itself can't be a tribe because a university has too many people.

    The Dunbar Number is a hypothesis that the average person can only really keep track of relatinoships with 150 different individuals. Anything beyond that is just avatars in your head.

    I subscribe to this idea. I think a lot of people however do not want to admit to such realities and they pretend they can be in a tribe that consists of 40 k ppl like a university or even 320 million + like a country.

    Abe avatar Abe | Jan 23, 2019 23:55:55
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      @abrahamKim - Totally agree. Too many fake tribes for sure. Even 150 seems like a bit much. I would be happy with 10 people I totally admire and enjoy.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 24, 2019 10:39:36
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