TRIBALISM - "JE SUIS CHARLIE"

My ancestors were the Dacian people, from the Thracian Tribes. The ancient Greeks called us Getae. Now, we are called Romanians. The names change through time, so do some of the traditions and customs but on the other hand, many things do not change especially in remote places.

As we all have our own tribal ancestry, we have unique stories, ideas and knowledge. I celebrate that and try to learn as much as I can from others. I find little good in homogenizing the entire world with fast-food places and soccer stadiums. Globalisation has put us in a tricky spot though: we are migrating and moving around the globe like never before: ideas and opinions are competing for space and time.

With that in mind, it seems that ideological clashes are happening all over the world : Sunni fighting Shiites, Christians fighting Sunni, Shiites fighting Sikhs ... I even found reports of a Buddhist monk inciting violence against Muslims in Myanmar. You know the world’s gone astray when Buddhists start getting violent.

I started writing this article/blog when I read a posted comment on a social website, earlier today:

I am Charlie. But I'm scared. And guess what. So are a lot of other people. Especially in France. They put on a brave face but this was nothing short of a successful terrorist attack on Paris. Now, the problem must be faced. But since there's no way of stopping these kinds of attacks, the citizens have every reason to be afraid. What happened at Charlie Hebdo is just one example. Who or what next? The world waits.”

Who or what next is a good question at this point. We do have options. We can get thicker doors, walk around in bullet-proof vests, or we can build high fences around our homes and businesses. Some countries are doing that, with little success I may add. Or, the other option I see is to embrace our differences, accept them and take some time to learn about each other.

The isolated cases of lunatics going on rampages are really small, considering there are seven billion people living on this planet and most people are peaceful. So, the people who engage in terrorism may be mentally unstable like the case in Ottawa, Canada a few months back, or brainwashed by one ideology or another, like Timothy McVeigh a right wing ideologue who blew up a building in Oklahoma, United States. Ideas can become dangerous if we have no limits, or if we are at the point that we believe we have nothing to lose.

Listening to an interview of a wife of one of the cartoonists killed in France, I heard a similarity which I found very interesting. The lady mentioned that her husband/partner was a very brave man and that he died “for an idea” (her exact words): “freedom of speech”. It was sobering to realize that the terrorists died for an idea too: “revenging the Prophet” – it was reported that they said that after the massacre they engaged in at the Charlie Hebdo office.

People dying and killing each other for ideas - this is where we are at, in my opinion. If we can solve this issue, I think we can create a more harmonious atmosphere for everyone. We all have different ideas, as we all come from different tribes, with different traditions and so on. It would do us well to try to learn as much as we can about one another, to take the time to listen to each others' opinions, grievances and to help one another as much as we can. If we start being more supportive and understanding towards one another, I think people will be less inclined to kill one another. It’s just an idea and I am not killing anyone for it but I think it may be something worth thinking about.

All the best to everyone!



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billybuc 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

I was going to write that we can only hope, but that's a cop out. It begins with me. I can't expect others to be more tolerant of my ideas if I don't do the same. Love the message here, my friend.


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Mr. Happy 20 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for your comment Mr. Billybuc.

As You wrote, it does start with us as individuals: we have to make an effort to learn about others and to understand where they come from, not only geographically but in terms of ideas and customs.

See, I'd love to go to Saudi Arabia but they cut off heads of pagans there now ... it is not safe for me there but if my head was not in danger (lol) I would go and they would see that I am not that bad. I met some Saudis here in Toronto and we hang-out just fine. It is this kind of small experiences in my opinion, that can slowly change the world.

One small step at a time.

Cheers!


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Ericdierker 20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A powerful and important message. And very well written at that. Truly if we all do our small bit then that can add up and make all the difference. You just did a great bit by raising our thinking to a higher level.


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Jackie Lynnley 20 months ago from The Beautiful South

I think in America we have been tolerant and allowed everyone their freedom but somehow bad seed is bad seed no matter where it grows. It may seem harsh but if you don't root it out it will take over. We are just holding our breath here in America for another 911 and everyone knows it is coming yet no one does a thing. Open borders and denying there is even a problem. The clock is ticking and it is only a matter of time. There is no reasoning with terrorists...or workplace violence...whatever we choose to call it.


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Mr. Happy 20 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for the visit and kind words, Mr. EricDierker. I always appreciate your words. All the best! : )


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Mr. Happy 20 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

I agree with You Mrs. Jackie Lynnley, violence of this kind is not acceptable anywhere, in any society. Like I mentioned in the article though, we are seven billion people on this planet so, let's try to work with each other. Several mindless people cannot drive the world mad, in my opinion.

I am an optimist - I have to be because I grew up in a dictatorship and so, I always had to believe that things would get better ... and they did.

Thank You very much for your comment - cheers! : )


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Sandra Eastman 20 months ago from Robbinsdale MN

I noticed your hub as it is so appropriate to the events of recent days. I believe Satan is alive and well on the planet earth. Hate and fear are products he has manufactured in mankind. God does not give us the spirit of fear but he gives power, love and a strong mind. The greater our fear the more vulnerable we become. It is then that extremists become powerful, That is exactly why they use threats to intimidate. In the end God will have the victory but we just have to wait with faith for that day. It is the hardest thing we will ever do in our lifetime. Blessings to you.


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Mr. Happy 20 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Wow, very well put: "The greater our fear the more vulnerable we become" - brilliant!

I personally do not give in to Fear. I just do not find it helpful in any way. I do believe we have to protect ourselves and not be careless but at the same time, stay away from Fear because it does weaken us. It weakens us physically and psychologically then, we end-up making weak decisions, to say the least.

Thank You for your insightful comment and for taking the time to stop-by. All the best!


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Mel Carriere 17 months ago from San Diego California

You have very noble ideas indeed and I wholeheartedly concur, but the problem is you will never convince the fanatics that we encounter everywhere of the validity of your idea. The only thing I solution I can think of is that is we share the wealth a little better and put people back to work they will have less bitterness built up inside and less time to follow their instructive impulses. Wonderful hub, very well written.


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Mr. Happy 17 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings Mrs. Carriere,

Thank You for your comment.

I don't need to convince fanatics of anything because like I said in my piece of writing: "The isolated cases of lunatics going on rampages are really small, considering there are seven billion people living on this planet and most people are peaceful. "

I tend to be pro-education so people can discern for themselves what is going on in the world, as supposed to blindly accepting whatever nonsense pundits on T.V. say. and as You wisely noted, it would help to: "share the wealth a little better and put people back to work they will have less bitterness built up inside and less time to follow their instructive impulses."

Once again, thank You very much for taking the time to read my article and leave a comment.

All the best! : )


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Molly Layton 17 months ago from Alberta

This is wonderful! I have heard of the Charlie case, but you provided a new take on the topic. Your ideas of where we're at as a world and where we ought to go are poignant and interesting. I like it.


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Mr. Happy 17 months ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Thank You for the visit Mrs. Layton.

I am happy You enjoyed the writing.

Cheers! : )

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