Posted by The Happy Tutor
Self, spouse, children, parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, parish, country, co-workers, company, race, species, earth - is it ok to favor those closer to home over those who are "not like us," or not part of our "we"? Blood is thicker than water. Charity begins at home. The World We Want, per Carl Schmidt, is defined by the enemy. "We" against "them." What closer bonds for adolescents than "the team" or the "gang" defined in strife against the other side? The earth is not big enough for all of its inhabitants to thrive. Energy constrainsts, if nothing else, means that most will have nothing, or very little. So, how do we allocate what little is left before it all crashes? War, hierarchies of patronage, markets treading the multitudes down, lotteries and culling. Who decides who gets what? We had better be the deciders, otherwise we will be the ones culled, or discarded. So we had better band together, us against them. Is that how it goes beneath the mask of civility?