Communication and Cooperation Works
“When the adversity will hit, the communication will break.
"Sunshine is the best remedy for dirty laundry." Inder Jeet Singh
"Do not criticize anybody. Everybody is good within his own atmosphere.
"When a totally complete, comfortable, happy man touches an unhappy man,
"Sikhs have always been highly identifiable and this is with good reason.
Sat Nam. A student recently asked me what the Sikhs think about the ongoing conflicts between the Israelis and the Palestinians. My reply was to advise him that Sikhs need to deal with the tribalism that exists within Sikhism before we can deal with Middle East issues. Otherwise we are seen as hypocrites.
Signs of recurrent Sikh tribalism
The objective of SikhTribes.com is to expose tribalism (see recent example) and bigotry; promote Guru Nanak's message of pluralism, and cultural competency; and be an example of universal service. This includes reaching out to the Sikh community for opportunities to engage in enlightened dialogue using various platforms to reach especially those who have experienced being otherized to have discourse on how to practice diversity, inclusion, compassion, and tolerance in order to facilitate the current shift in global consciousness from tribalism, instability, and discord, to pluralism, harmony, and enduring peace. See example.
Note: Discourse is not meant to stir up feelings of guilt. It is meant to drive people to action against injustice. Question is are we mature enough to sit down and discuss issues to do with tribalism, race, religion, and gender?
For those who dare to watch.
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, including 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'.
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