My Sikh Sense
"Sunshine is the best remedy for dirty laundry." Inder Jeet Singh
"Looking at the one and only Black Family native to SDI/3HO/KRI
“When the adversity will hit, the communication will break. Never break
AGENT OF CHANGE: An Agent of Change is a person who serves from inside or outside a group or organization to help transform itself by focusing on such matters as organizational effectiveness, improvement, and development. -- See Attributes of An Agent of Change.
BIGOTRY: A state of mind as a Bigot, i.e., a person who is intolerantly devoted to his or her prejudices or biased opinions; a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc.; a bigoted person; especially a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group). See BigotDetector.com. See Tolerance. See Tribal vs. Tribalism: An Important Distinction. See ActForDiversity.com. See BroadPoints.com. See Tribalism From The Top. See A Sikh Sense of Humor.
BLACK PERSON: A member of a darker-skinned people (any person of color), especially one of African, Native American, Asian or Australian Aboriginal ancestry; any White Eye or Colored Eye person who stands with the oppressed against the oppressor. See ForThePeopleOfColor.com.
BUNKER MENTALITY: A state of mind especially among members of a group, or tribe (or religious organization) that is characterized by chauvinistic defensiveness and self-righteous intolerance of criticism. Also see Siege Mentality.
CASTE: A division of society based upon differences of wealth, rank, or occupation.
CENSURE: A judgment or sanction involving condemnation; the act of blaming or condemning sternly.
CHARACTER: The way someone thinks, feels, and behaves. A person's CORRECTOR.
Life is based on caliber, consciousness and character. If you have very strong character
CLASS: The system of ordering a society in which people are divided into sets based on perceived social or economic status.
CLASSISM: Unfair treatment of people because of their social or economic class.
COGNITIVE DISSONANCE: The psychological conflict resulting from simultaneously held incongruous beliefs and attitudes, e.g., having a fondness for smoking and a belief that it is harmful. Or supporting the concepts of diversity and pluralism while simultaneously marginalizing people.
COLORED EYES: Those persons who have acquired the life experience and have gained the cultural competency and perspective of people of color along with the experience of the marginalization and social otherization that come with it. See White Eyes.
"God's fear only means don't harm anybody. "Ahimsa," compassion.
"The mother is the only person who can teach her child tenderness and compassion.
CONFRONT: To act out of knowledge and awareness to deal with issues, such as a problem or danger; to confront, especially: to deal with something in an honest and direct way; as in poke, provoke, confront and elevate, elevation being the intended result, i.e., CONFRONTATION.
CONVERT OR CONVERSION: Use of the term convert especially in relation to latter day Sikhs is inaccurate. Sikhs do not convert, they transform. One does not simply convert to or adopt another spiritual path. Those who choose Dharma, i.e., adherence to a righteous duty or path, which is fulfilled by the observance of custom or law with conformity and commitment to one's righteous duty and nature, as in Sikh Dharma, experience a true transition, a real transformation of consciousness.
CORRUPTION: Dishonest, unethical, or illegal behavior especially by powerful people. Corruption occurs when a person in a position of power and authority acts to enhance their status at the expense of the common good.
CULTURAL APPROPRIATION: Circumstances wherein a dominant group adopts cultural elements of a marginalized people; often framed as cultural misappropriation, e.g., in the West, the Sikh turban or dastaar is commonly connoted with “terrorism”. Many Sikh women and men have been physically, emotionally, and socially attacked for their dastaars. But the moment they are claimed by the powerful, white elite, they become celebrated artifacts. For instance, high fashion runway models don turbans and usher in statements like “turbans are the hottest spring statement”. See More.
CULTURAL COMPETENCY: The ability to identify or relate to the language, life experiences thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions that are specific to ethnic, racial, religious, geographic, or social groups.
Cultural Competency comprises four components: a) Awareness of one's own cultural worldview; b) Attitude towards cultural differences; c) Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews; and d) Cross-cultural Skills, i.e., developing cultural expertise that results in the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. See Example.
CULTURAL ILLITERACY: The inability to relate to or understand and participate fluently in a given culture or religion. See White Eyes. See White America's Racial Illiteracy. See Why White People Freak Out.
"Any White person living in the United States will develop opinions about race simply by swimming in the water of our culture. But mainstream sources—schools, textbooks, media—don’t provide us with the multiple perspectives we need." See More.
CULTURAL LITERACY: Knowledge of history, contributions, and perspectives of different cultural or religious groups, including one's own group, necessary for understanding of reading, writing, and other media.
"The real purpose of religious literacy is to remove dangerous ignorance.
DHARMA: An individual's righteous duty, which is fulfilled by the observance of custom or law with conformity and commitment to one's duty and nature, whereby one experiences a real transition, a transformation of consciousness, not simply a conversion to or the adoption of another spiritual path.
"People are no longer talking to each other." Barack Obama
DIALOGUE OR DISCOURSE: A conversation between two or more people (see example). A conversational relationship, especially with those with whom we differ, is an expression of caring, inclusion, tolerance, and love, e.g., see The Case For Dialogue.
"Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking,
The first thing NOT to do is expect that you will never run into a conflict.
"You must understand when somebody talks to you, if you are not willing to
DISCRIMINATION: The recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another, e.g., "discrimination between right and wrong".
DISPROPORTIONAL DIVERSITY: The state of having disparate percentiles representing people who are of different races or who are of different cultures in a group or organization.
Only 2 African-Americans (people of color) out of 38 total. Do the math.
Finally, Barbie makes the move.
DIVERSITY: The state of having people who are of different races or who are of different cultures in a group or organization; when mixed-race people work together to make Diversity work as an advantage; the opposite of uniformity. See What Diversity Is. See What Diversity Is Not. See ACT For Diversity. See What's Wrong With This Picture? See Khalsa Youth Camp Lacks Diversity. See The Case For Diversity and Dialogue.
Men of Diversity
The Mother of All Diversity
DUALITY: An instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something; a dualism, as in the Duality of Ego, that state of wanting to be known but not wanting it known that you want to be known. See DualityOptics.com. See Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban?
DUE PROCESS CLAUSE: "...the accused shall enjoy the right to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have...his defense."
EGOTISM: The feeling or belief that you are better, more important, more talented, etc., than other people. Shaktipad is a state of egotism in which a person is far less experienced, knows far less than they think they know, and who fails to acknowledge it. The worst case scenario is the one who falls into the trap of convincing themselves and others that only they know the best way, and that other's ways need to change. Beware of the 'tiger's bite'! Shaktipad is the consequence of 'riding the tiger' of pride. One must ever be alert to the signs of Shaktipad, and hopefully realize that learning never stops. One can always improve ones self. See A Distinguishing Abundance of Titles And Honors. See ItsAllAboutMeNotAboutYou.com. See Ego Eradicator.
"When the mind is backed by the will, the mind is always positive.
EPIPHANY: That 'Aha!' moment in which one suddenly sees or understands something in a new or very clear way. A sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something; an intuitive grasp of reality through something, such as an event, usually simple and striking; an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure.
"A sage once recounted how in a state of youthful shaktipad he sat in
EQUALITY: The quality or state of being equal. The quality or state of having the same rights, social status, etc. The fulfillment of one's intrinsic longing to belong. See White Privilege. See Commentary on Equality.
EXCLUSION: The act of shutting or keeping out: the state of being shut or kept away. NOTE: The human tendency to tribalism and its practice of exclusion offends the innate longing to belong for which every human being yearns. It is the core issue underlying the strife that afflicts and affects Sikhs and other religious groups, especially in the Middle East.
FAUSTIAN BARGAIN: A pact between a person and Satan, or lesser demons, in exchange for things like wealth, fame, and power, and where morality, spiritual values, and civility are sacrificed in the interest of riches, high status, and influence. See Kali Yuga Signs.
A Sikh view of same-sex and other relationships
GENDER: The range of characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and femininity. See Circumstance. See Sikhs and Homosexuality. See Why Don't Sikh Women Tie Turban? See Harpreet Singh On Why Sikh Women Don't Tie Turban.
GENDER EQUALITY: Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviors, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured. See Duality Optics. See Sikhs and Gender Equality. See Women Are Much More Than This.
"Given the very positive and growing public awareness of Sikhs,
See any Sikh women?
What's wrong with this video?
GENDER INEQUALITY: Gender inequality refers to unequal and/or abusive treatment, or the perceptions of individuals wholly or partly due to their gender. See DualityOptics.com. See These Sikh Women Tie Turban. See Why Don't Some Sikh Women Tie Turban? See Harpreet Singh On Why Sikh Women Don't Tie Turban.
GOD: Think about it. You grew your magnificent brain, perhaps the most complicated thing in the world. And you grew it without even thinking about it. A supremely intelligent Life Force of unknown origin created and sustains this wondrous miracle of life. This is what Sikhs refer to as GOD."
GREED: A selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed.
In December, 2016, Cuban said, "I'm just telling you, pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. And they're getting hoggy. Just watch. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. When you try to take it too far, people turn the other way... when you've got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns on you. That's rule No. 1 of business."
HUMILITY: Freedom from pride or arrogance.
HYPOCRITES: Those who claim or pretend to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behave in a way that disagrees with those beliefs. Those who assume a false appearance of virtue or goodness. See EXAMPLE 1. See EXAMPLE 2.
"Americans are more emotionally reactive than intellectually logical." – Aftab Singh
ILLITERACY: The state of not having knowledge about a particular subject.
IMMIGRANT: A person that migrates to a foreign country and becomes established in a previously unknown culture. NOTE: The majority of 3HO/Sikh Dharma participants, especially those who adopted the Sikh lifestyle during the tenure of Yogi Bhajan, are immigrants/students of Sikh Dharma and are therefore new to the history and traditions of Sikh Dharma.
INCESTUOUS RELATIONS: Excessively close human relations that are resistant to outside influence. NOTE: This condition leads to a siege mentality, whereby systemic barriers are put in place, which in turn puts the organization at risk of becoming perverted in its policies and procedures. The organization becomes increasingly isolated and insolated, intractably resistant to change, feedback from the outside is blocked or rejected, and elitism and nepotism reign supreme.
EXAMPLE: Some time ago I heard about a senior Sikh parent who received an emotional and hurtful phone call from one of their adult children at which time the parent was berated for their personal views and affiliations; chastised with negative and inaccurate assertions about their activist interests; and scolded for their frequent and provocative commentaries regarding the hypocritical practices of Sikh community members relative to the teachings of the First Master, Guru Nanak, and the directives of the Tenth Master, Guru Gobind Singh.
"One of the most painful things that a family can go through other
The estranged parent reported that at the end of their adult child's monologue, to which the parent patiently listened without interruption, the child stated that they had nothing more to say. When the parent attempted to respond in an attempt to have a dialogue the child hung up the phone after proclaiming that they already knew what the parent would say.
The adult child's unfortunate behavior brings to mind how especially tribal-minded one can be after associating with tribal-lke narcissistic organizations, which are extremely resistant to change and where meaningful discourse is impossible whereby feedback from outside the tribe is blocked or rejected. The parent/child relationship now remains estranged to the point where only the parent's love from a distance is possible, and retaliation from the child is expected instead of opportunity for enlightened and open dialogue. Stay tuned. See Partners Not Parents. See African American Critiques 3HO History.
INCLUSION: A relationship between two classes that exists when all members of the first are also members of the second (all humanity). The act of including the state of being. To have (someone or something) as part of a group or total. To contain someone or something in a group or as a part of something. To make someone or something a part of something. To be inclusive is an expression of selfless compassion. NOTE: The human tendency to tribalism and its practice of exclusion offends the innate longing to belong for which every human being yearns. It is the core issue underlying the strife that afflicts and affects most nations today, especially in the Middle East.
INCLUSIVE: Covering or including everything; open to everyone (all humanity); not limited to certain people; including the stated limits and everything in between. (Acceptance of those with different views and traditions.) See Pluralism.
The life story of Bhai Ghaneya Singh is a perfect example of being inclusive. Bhai Ghaneya Singh even treated wounded enemy soldiers and served them water on the battlefield in the time of Guru Gobind Singh. Being inclusive also fulfills our innate longing to belong. See Diversity: How We Are Connected. See Finding The Path To Inclusion.
INTIMIDATION: To make timid or fearful by or as if by threats.
INTUITION: The power or faculty of attaining direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference.
KAKISTOCRACY: Government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.
KARMA: The force generated by a person's actions held in Hinduism and Buddhism to perpetuate transmigration and in its ethical consequences to determine the nature of the person's next existence. (Newton's Third Law of Motion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every proposition there is an equal and opposite opposition. See Law of Polarity.
KHALSA: The Pure Ones, i.e., all those who contemplate the Lord; those who live by their inner purity and light; those who are pure of heart. NOTE: Khalsa does not apply exclusively to Sikhs. Sikhs must ever be mindful of the human tendency to tribalism. Khalsa includes ALL those who contemplate the Lord; ALL those who live by their inner purity and light; ALL those who are pure of heart. See Glossary of Sikh Terms.
LAW OF POLARITY: Nothing is one-sided; everything contains its opposite. There's no up without a down, no front without a back. There's no darkness without light, no day without night, no construction without destruction. This is the essence of the Law of Polarity. Any action has an equal and opposite reaction; any social condition begets an equal and opposite social condition; you get what you give; forces come in pairs. See Karma.
The Siri Singh Sahib frequently expressed the challenge that he
"Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled." -- The Kybalion
MARGINALIZE: To 'OTHERIZE', to dismiss, or to put or keep (someone) in a powerless or unimportant position within a society or group, e.g., the suppression and repression of women, African-Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Jews, people of mixed race, as well as Hispanics, disabled veterans, the homeless,* the mentally ill, the criminalized, victims of sex trade, gays and lesbians, etc. See A Classic Case of Marginalization. See The Homeless Banned And Jailed In 'Christian' America video, below.
MEDDLING: To interest oneself in what is not one's concern. Here's an example. An otherwise qualified candidate for election is arbitrarily and summarily advised by a corporate executive that they are unfit for election to the board of directors solely because their name was discovered in a disparaging e-mail thread authored by a person the corporation considers to be persona non grata. See More.
"The major drivers in all societies are the divisive and
"Sunshine is the best remedy for dirty laundry." Inder Jeet Singh
"Looking at the one and only Black Family native to 3HO/KRI/SDI
*NOTE: "Thirty-three cities now ban or are considering banning giving food to homeless people --- and some are threatening to throw people in jail if they're caught feeding the hungry. These laws claim they're about preventing government-run, anti-homelessness programs from being diluted. They're really about keeping non-profits and individuals from shining a light on just how bad things have gotten for our country's poor, even as the homeless are treated like criminals (marginalized) for being without food and shelter. Charity work like sharing food with the homeless is essential in a country where protecting the poor and needy is never at the top of the list, and is found to help those without shelter get back on their feet. (See Guru Nanak's Message.) Cities think by cutting off the food source, it will make the homeless go away. It doesn't." -- PolicyMic.com
MISOGINIST: A person who hates or doesn't trust women. Misogynist is from Greek misogynies, from the prefix miso - "hatred" plus gyne "a woman." The English suffix -- ist means "person who does something."
NARCISSISM: A mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism. See Mental Health Professionals Have A Duty To Warn. See More.
NEPOTISM: The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends.
NEUROTIC: Often or always fearful or worried about something: tending to worry in a way that is not healthy or reasonable.
OPTICS: Aspects of an action, that relate to public perceptions.
PATERNALISM: The attitude or actions of a person, organization, etc., that protects people and gives them what they need but does not give them any responsibility or freedom of choice. This attitude is prevalent in most Piscean Age institutions, especially non-profit organizations. See KaliYugaSigns.com.
PLURALISM: A situation in which people of different social classes, religions, races, etc., are together in a society but continue to have their different traditions and interests. The belief that people of different social classes, religions, races, etc., should live together in a society: the "no class, no caste" concept as taught and championed by Guru Nanak: the opposite of tribalism.
PLURALIST: One who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups should exist together in society.
PLUTOCRACY: An elite or ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth.
PREACH: To deliver a sermon or religious address to an assembled group of people, typically in church.
NOTE: No human is without prejudice. The human mind was created to make choices, e.g., to discriminate between up and down, in and out, black and white, etc. Therefore, we must remain aware of our tendency to use our discretionary abilities in order to marginalize and repress people with whom we differ. We need to constantly see to it that we advocate for pluralism and against tribalism in the interest of justice and fairness. See This Is Racism.
PRIDE: The sense that one is more important or better than other people.
"Do not spend your spiritual energy on fear. We are now at the turning point, the
"Sunshine is the best remedy for dirty laundry." Inder Jeet Singh
"Looking at the one and only Black Family native to SDI/3HO/KRI
The key indicator that organizations have come of age is when
"The human mind was created to discriminate, e.g., make choices between up
RACISM: Poor treatment of and/or violence against people because of their race, much of which is based on the fear of loss of financial and/or social status and privilege. The belief that some races are by nature superior to others; any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldview -- the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called “races,” that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some “races” are innately superior to others.
It’s not a good feeling for someone to feel like their freedoms are being limited because of their religion, race, or even their name. Incidents of discrimination lead to trauma even if you do not understand them as an outsider. That pain is real and hard to cope with. Muhammad Zakir Khan
"You're the color of poop."
RACISM was at the heart of North American slavery and the overseas colonization and empire-building activities of some western Europeans, especially in the 18th century. The idea of race was invented to magnify the differences between people of European origin in the U.S. and those of African descent whose ancestors had been brought against their will to function as slaves in the American South. NOTE: Tribalism breeds racism.
When the missionaries came to Africa they had the bible and we had the
By viewing Africans and their descendants as lesser human beings, the proponents of slavery attempted to justify and maintain this system of exploitation while at the same time portraying the U.S. as a bastion and champion of human freedom, with human rights, democratic institutions, unlimited opportunities, and equality. The contradiction between slavery and the ideology of human equality, accompanying a philosophy of human freedom and dignity, seemed to demand the dehumanization of those enslaved. By the 19th century racism had matured and the idea spread around the world.
RACISM differs from ethnocentrism in that it is linked to physical and therefore immutable differences among people. Ethnic identity is acquired, and ethnic features are learned forms of behaviour.
This whole universe is just the coexistence of a working electromagnetic field.
RACE, on the other hand, is a form of identity that is perceived as innate and unalterable. In the last half of the 20th century several conflicts around the world were interpreted in racial terms even though their origins were in the ethnic hostilities that have long characterized many human societies (e.g., Arabs and Jews, English and Irish).
RACISM reflects an acceptance of the deepest forms and degrees of divisiveness and carries the implication that differences among groups are so great that they cannot be transcended. See Ethnic Group and Sociocultural Evolution. See Slide Show.
James Baldwin gets to The Point
"As humanity moves into the Space Age, how can we resonate with Grays and Greens,
REACTIONARY: Acting out of ignorance and fear, relating to, or favoring old-fashioned political or social ideas.
RETALIATION: The act or an instance of responding to an injury with an injury.
SANTOKH JI: 'Santokh' is a Punjabi expression meaning contentment. 'Ji' is a formal, humble and reverent acknowledgement of the soul in another person.
SEGREGATIONIST: A person who practices a policy of keeping people of different races, religions, etc., separated from each other.
SENSITIVITY SUMMIT: A proposed 3HO/Sikh Dharma biannual conference for the purpose of promoting the inclusion and treatment of all people equally and without prejudice irrespective of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, culture, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, social or economic status, or political, psychological or philosophical persuasion, or any other Earthly consideration or distinction. See An African American Critiques 3HO History. See Sikhs and Gender Equality. See Sensitivity Motion pdf. See Proposal.
SERVICE OR SEVA: Those human actions, which contribute to the well-being of others, i.e., anything done to lighten somebody's load.
“In any form, shape, or projection, if you can elevate a person’s
SEXISM: Unfair treatment of people because of their sex; especially the unfair treatment of women.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Unsolicited advances (typically of women by men) in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks.
SHAKTIPAD: The status or mindset of a person, group, or institution, which knows far less than they think they know, and which fails to acknowledge same. Shakitpad is a normal consequence of 'riding the tiger' of pride. However, as Yogi Bhajan points out, one must be alert to the signs and take appropriate actions. The worst case scenario is to fall into the trap of convincing yourself and others that only you know the best way, and that the old way needs to change, going forward. Beware of the tiger's bite! See Antidote. See How To Relate To A Narcissist.
SIEGE MENTALITY: A collective state of mind whereby a group of people (especially religious organizations) believes themselves to be constantly attacked, oppressed, or isolated in the face of the negative intentions of the rest of the world. Although a group phenomenon, a kind of group narcissism, the term describes both the emotions and thoughts of the group as a whole, and as individuals. Typically, the result is an isolated, even insolated state of being overly fearful of surrounding people whereby feedback from the outside is blocked or rejected, and an intractably defensive attitude rules along with a tendency to 'lawyer up' against perceived outside threats. This state of mind is a dominant factor within tribalist groups. See Incestuous Relations. Also see Bunker Mentality.
"Let's try to figure out what's right instead of what's legal." Joe Rogan
"Any system of human organization that does not (or cannot) respect and
"The biggest threat to organizations and innovation is tribal politics,
SOCIAL JUSTICE: The fair and proper administration of laws conforming to the natural law that all persons, irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, possessions, race, religion, etc., are to be treated equally and without prejudice.
SUMMIT: A meeting or series of meetings between two or more governments, communities or special interest groups.
TEACH: To show or explain how to do something.
TEACHER: A person who instructs or trains others, especially in a school. A Spiritual Teacher is a teacher who pokes, provokes, confronts and elevates others. See Life According To Yogi Bhajan. See PREACHER.
"First you have to master yourself and then you will become teachers.
Transparency, i.e., intellectual honesty, along with open dialogue exercised without exposing confidential contacts, is essential in order to build trust, and to clarify and resolve conflicted issues.
Many individuals as well as organizations attempt to act in secrecy. At the same time these entities tend to covertly gather intelligence and work to keep their affairs unknown in an attempt to remain unaccountable.
The U.S. government, National Security Agency (NSA), banks, investment firms, philanthropic organizations, religious institutions, corporate sporting association leagues, like the National Football League (NFL), etc. come to mind. When left unchecked, organizations have a tendency to become opaque, exclusive, monochromatic, and eventually tribal-like.
Historically, many opaque entities have become corrupted like Unto Infinity (UI), even criminal like Federation Internationale de Football (FIFA). In this Age of Transparency opaque entities are seen by their constituents as dishonest and untrustworthy. See Signs of Kali Yuga. See DiversityDialogues.org.
Monochromatic optics. Where's the diversity?
Tribalism, for those who dare.
"Sikhs have always been highly identifiable and this is with good reason.
*TRIBALISM: The social tendency to live in loyalty to a tribe, social group, club, religion, clan or gang, i.e., a tribe within a tribe or tribal hierarchy, a kind of pervasive, insidious group infection, a kind of group narcissism, especially when combined with an arbitrary and unfair treatment or strong negative attitude toward marginalized people outside the tribe. Religious organizations are particularly prone to tribalism. The Shiite vs. Sunni of Islam; the Baptized vs. Non-baptized of Sikhism; the Muslims vs. Sikhs conflict; or the Democrats vs. the Republicans in the U.S. are just a few examples.
Tribalism is the opposite of pluralism, the no class, no caste, and the One Creator of Creation principle taught and championed by Guru Nanak Dev. Tribalism (institutional shakti pad) breeds racism. The antidote to tribalism is something akin to a sensitivity summit in which courageous dialogue with and between people of color, women, and other marginalized groups occurs. Note: The human tendency to tribalism and its practice of exclusion offends the innate longing to belong for which every human being yearns, and it is the core issue afflicting and affecting most nations today, especially in the Middle East.
BTW: Discourse on these subjects is not meant to stir up feelings of guilt. It is meant to drive people to action against injustice. Question: Are we mature enough to sit down and discuss issues to do with tribalism, race, religion, and gender?
See Miriam-Webster Definition. See Tribalism From The Top. See How Tribalism Is Destroying American Democracy. See The way out of tribal thinking. Watch Tribalism For Those Who Dare. See Explanatory Notes. Also see Recent Tribal Violence In India. See One Is The Answer. What Is The Question? Hear How Tribalism Is Destroying American Democracy. See Why Are White Tantra Yoga Classes So 'White'? Also see The 'Turbanators'.
"Guru Nanak, reflecting on the wide spread suffering in 15th century India,
"Sikh's have always been easily identifiable and there is a good reason for this.
Nam! My experience is whenever the subject of tribalism comes up in a conversation many people, especially Sikhs, relate to it as if tribalism is a four-letter word. 'Tribalism' often evokes a negative response, a psychological and emotional squirming. If you are one of these folks, I challenge you to watch this video, to look within, and to come face to face with your
Also see One Is The Answer. What Is The Question? See SikhTribes.com. See 'Tribes' The Movie. See The way out of tribal thinking. See PartnersNotParents.com. See Tribalism From The Top. Hear How Tribalism Is Destroying American Democracy.
The Alienation of Tribal Members
Studies of human behavior reveal that the actions we undertake as individuals are closely related to survival, more importantly, survival on our own terms. Naturally, such a notion implies that we should be able to act relatively free or independent of any debilitating external influences—otherwise that very survival might be in jeopardy. In viewing the instinct for survival in this manner we imply that a basic aim or goal, as individuals, is to improve our capacity for independent action.
The degree to which we cooperate, or compete, with others is driven by the need to satisfy this basic goal. If we believe that it is not possible to satisfy it alone, without help from others, history shows us that we will agree to constraints upon our independent action—in order to collectively pool skills and talents in the form of nations, corporations, labor unions, mafias (tribes), etc.—so that obstacles standing in the way of the basic goal can either be removed or overcome.
On the other hand, if the group (tribe) cannot or does not attempt to overcome obstacles deemed important to many (or possibly any) of its individual members, the group must risk losing these alienated members. Under these circumstances, the alienated members may dissolve their relationship and remain independent, form a group of their own, or join another collective body in order to improve their capacity for independent action. More.
The way out of Tribal Thinking.
"Man’s greatest achievements have come about by talking,
"The typical tribalist will even marginalize the Creator if
"It is here that we remember that, even when hatred burns hottest, even when
See 4 Reasons For Ongoing Conflict Between Shia And Sunni. See A Classic Case of Tribalism. See Nationalism. See Hierarchy. See Racism. See Tribalism, For Those Who Dare. See Why Tribalism Is Such A Bad Idea. See One Is The Answer. See Gurdwara Watchdogs. See Tribalism From The Top. See Life According To Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Tribalism is the opposite of pluralism, the no class, no caste, One Creator of Creation principle, taught and championed by Guru Nanak Dev. Tribalism (institutional shakti pad?) breeds racism. The antidote to tribalism is something akin to a Sensitivity Summit in which Courageous Dialogue with and between people of color, women, and other marginalized groups can occur. NOTE: The human tendency to tribalism and its practice of exclusion offends the innate longing to belong for which every human being yearns. It is the core issue underlying the strife that afflicts and affects most nations today, especially in the Middle East.
Question: How does one know when tribalism is a likely issue?
"Man is so weak that he has not created a universal system.
.) No human being is without prejudice. The human mind was created to make choices, e.g., to discriminate between up and down, in and out, black and white, etc. Therefore, we must remain aware of the tendency to use this discretionary ability to marginalize and repress people with whom we differ. We need to constantly see to it that we advocate for pluralism and against tribalism in the interest of justice and fairness. See This Is Racism.
.) Tribalism breeds nepotism and-or cronyism, which eventually leads to an incestuous association of tribes within tribes, especially among nations, religious organizations, corporate structures, charitable foundations, political parties, etc. Everybody belongs to a family, tribe, group, or association. The question: is the group tribalistic or pluralistic in its attitude and relations? See Science Is Embarrassingly White. See Siege Mentality.
.) Open dialogue between conflicted parties is the only pathway to resolution. Discourse is not meant to stir up feelings of guilt. Discourse is meant to drive people to action against injustice. Question is are we mature enough to sit down and discuss issues of tribalism, including race, religion, and gender?
.) Extreme examples of Tribalism are evident in today's Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Punjab, India. In spite of the turmoil, humanity is moving toward pluralism albeit with much kicking and screaming. See SikhTribes.com. Also see Where's The Love?
ACT FOR DIVERSITY
We gladly accept all, and we shall exclude none, for after all,
The Gods, Demons, Yakshas, Gandharvas, Turks and Hindus; come from different countries and seem different because of their garb.
However, their eyes are the same, their ears the same, their bodies are the same and their habits are the same; after all, they are all an admixture of the elements; earth, air, fire and water.
The Allah of Muslims and The Abhekh of Hindus are the same, the Puranas of the Hindus and the holy Quran of the Muslims are the same; all have the same beautiful form and have been created by the One Lord." Guru Gobind Singh from Dehra Masit Soee
Below are rare photos. Each depicts Diversity
TRIBALIST: One who advocates tribalism, i.e., one who professes loyalty to a tribe, social group or gang especially when combined with a strong negative attitude toward people outside the group; the opposite of pluralist. See Elitist. See The Unspoken Message. See Siege Mentality. See Gurdwara Watchdogs.
TRIBE or TRIBAL: A group of people or a lifestyle that includes many families and relatives who have the same language, customs, and beliefs. See Tribalism. See Monochromatic Optics. See Duality Optics.
NOTE: There's an important distinction between living as a Tribe, THE NORM, and adopting Tribalism, THE PERVERSE. All mankind is Tribal to some extent (the human race is really just one big tribe). Guru Nanak, in his teachings, instructs humanity to avoid Tribalism. Sikhs especially can avoid living as hypocrites by practicing and teaching inclusion, i.e., Pluralism. Tribalism breeds racism. The antidote to tribalism is for groups to adopt something akin to a Sensitivity Summit in which people of color, women, and other marginalized groups are routinely heard from. See Courageous Dialogues.
The human mind was created to make choices, e.g., to discriminate between
Exclusion breeds intolerance. Intolerance breeds tribalism.
"This country was built on gangs. I think this country is still run on
TROLL: To antagonize (others) online by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content.
TURBANATORS: Sikh men and women who are dedicated to the termination of injustice including bigotry, tribalism, racism, and misogyny, who live by the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev, and who fearlessly wear a turban as directed by Guru Gobind Singh are called turbanators. See Turbanators.com for more.
WARRIOR: Anyone who fights the good fight, whether in war, politics, or on the job. WIMP: Anyone who fails to do or complete something as a result of fear or lack of confidence. See Women: Warriors or Wimps.
WHITE EYES: Those persons, whether Caucasian, i.e., white skinned, or even people of color, who are culturally illiterate, who have not endured the life experience nor hardships of being marginalized; who exist in a culturally phobic bubble; who benefit from social privileges; who marginalize or 'otherize' people of different racial and cultural backgrounds; who transform their greed into gallant heroism; invasion of lands into adventure; displacement of natives into saving the savages; theft and self-enrichment into ingenuity; and who dwell in a perpetual state of fluffy denial in which they mostly claim ignorance when confronted with issues of race and privilege. See Colored Eyes. See Cultural Illiteracy. See Incestuous Organizations. See Was The Civil War Really About Slavery?
WHITE PRIVILEGE: The perks and social status acquired by White eyes as a function of their white skin. Note: People of privilege see equality as a form of oppression. As a result White people tend to exist in a culturally phobic bubble in which they are unable or unwilling to relate to the social conditions under which most people of color, i.e., Colored eyes, exist.
"You have to use your privilege to serve other people." -- Me Too founder, Tarana Burke
Pages And Points To Ponder
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